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Great Britain's HMS Vindictive aircraft carrier

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HMS Vindictive:
Great Britain's HMS Vindictive
©IWM, SP-669

Design

In April 1916, during the construction of the HMS Cavendish, it was decided to finish her as a carrier.1

By the early 1920s it was decided to convert the HMS Vindictive back into a cruiser as the ship saw very little use as a carrier.1

Engines

There were four coal fired and eight oil fired boilers.1

Flight Deck

The forward flight deck was for takeoffs and the aft for landings.1

hangars

On the upper deck were two hangars with the forward one having derricks to lift aircraft up onto deck, and the aft hangar had a lift.1

Ships

HMS Vindictive

  • Formerly cruiser HMS Cavendish.1
  • Manufacturer: Harland & Wolff1
  • July 1916: Laid down.1
  • January 17, 1918: Launched.1,2
  • October 1918: Completed.1
  • 1919: Four machine guns added.1
  • 1919: Ran aground in Baltic.1
  • 1919 - 1921: Repairs.1
  • 1923 - 1925: Converted back into cruiser.1,2 Aft hangar and catapult remained to launch aircraft.2
  • 1936 - 19372, 1937: Training ship.1,2
  • 1939 - 1940: Repair ship.2

Specifications

  HMS Vindictive
Crew 7001
Displacement 9,750 tons1
Displacement - Loaded 11,500 tons1, 12,095 tons2
Physical Characteristics  
Length 605'1
184.4 m1
Length - Between Perpendiculars 565'1
172.21 m1
Length - Water Line  
Beam - Hull 65'1
19.81 m1
Draft / Height 17' 6"1
5.33 m
Draft / Height - Maximum 20'1
6.1 m1
Flight Deck - Aft 215' x 65'1
65.53 m x 19.81 m1
Flight Deck - Forward 100' x 55'1
30.48 m x 16.67 m1
Performance  
Speed 29.5 knots1
Range  
Armament 7.5"1: 41
Armament - 1925 7.5"2: 62
Anti-Aircraft 3"1: 41
12 pdr1: 41
Anti-Aircraft - 1925 4" HA2: 32
2 pdr pompoms2: 22
Saluting - 1925 3 pdr2: 42
Torpedo Tubes 21"1: 61
Torpedo Tubes - Above Water 21"2: 42
Torpedo Tubes - Below Water 21"2: 22
Aircraft 61
Armor  
Decks - Lower 1"1
Decks - Upper 1"1
Hull 3"1
Engines  
Boilers Yarrow small tube: 121
Shafts 41
Turbines Parsons geared1
HP 60,0001
Oil 1,480 tons1
Coal 860 tons1

Sources:

  1. The World's Aircraft Carriers 1914 - 1945, Roger Chesneau, 1986
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922-1946, Robert Gardiner, 1987
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site