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Great Britain's Empire MacAlpine class escort aircraft carriers

Photos

HMS Empire MacAlpine in 1943 with Swordfish:
HMS Empire MacAlpine in 1943 with Swordfish
©IWM, A-17068
HMS Empire MacAlpine:
HMS Empire MacAlpine
©IWM, A-17070
HMS Empire MacAlpine:
HMS Empire MacAlpine
©IWM, A-27324
HMS Empire MacAlpine in dry dock at Messrs Cammel Lairs, Birkenhead:
HMS Empire MacAlpine in dry dock at Messrs Cammel Lairs, Birkenhead
©IWM, A-18012

Design

To get more aircraft protecting convoys it was decided to convert two grain carriers into escort carriers.1

Elevator

There was a single 42' x 22' 10,000 lb elevator.1

Hangar

The hanger was 24' high so that it could store Swordfish.1

Ships

HMS Empire MacAlpine

  • Manufacturer: Burntisland1
  • December 23, 1942: Launched.1
  • April 14, 1943: Completed.1
  • May 1943 - 1945: Atlantic convoy escort.1
  • June 1943: Collided with Empress Ibex.1

HMS Empire MacKendrick

  • Manufacturer: Burntisland1
  • September 29, 1943 : Launched.1
  • December 1943: Completed.1
  • 1943 - 1945: Atlantic convoy escort.1

Specifications

  Empire MacAlpine class
Crew 1071
Displacement 6,500 tons1
Displacement - Loaded  
Physical Characteristics  
Length 459'1
139.9 m1
Length - Water Line  
Length - Between Perpendiculars 412' 6"1
125.73 m1
Beam 56' 9"1
17.3 m1
Draft / Height 24'1
7.32 m1
Draft / Height - Maximum  
Flight Deck 400' x 60'1
121.92 m x 18.29 m1
Performance  
Speed 12.5 knots1
Range  
Armament  
Anti-Aircraft 4" Mk IV1: 11
40 mm Bofors1: 21
20 mm Oerlikon1: 41
Aircraft 41
Armor  
Engines Doxford 4 cylinder diesel1
Shafts 11
HP 3,5001
Oil  
Aircraft Fuel 5,000 gallons1

Sources:

  1. The World's Aircraft Carriers 1914 - 1945, Roger Chesneau, 1986
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site