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Great Britain's Empire MacRae class escort aircraft carriers

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HMS Empire MacRae:
HMS Empire MacRae
©IWM, A-20700

Design

The Empire MacRae class of ships were converted from grain carriers.1

Ships

HMS Empire MacRae

  • Manufacturer: Lithgow1
  • June 21, 1943: Launched.1
  • September 1943: Completed.1
  • Autumn 1943: Escorted convoys in Atlantic.1

HMS Empire MacCallum

  • Manufacturer: Lithgow1
  • October 12, 1943: Launched.1
  • December 1943: Completed.1
  • North Atlantic.1

Specifications

  Empire MacRae class
Crew 1071
Displacement  
Displacement - Loaded  
Physical Characteristics  
Length 446' 6"1
136.09 m1
Length - Water Line  
Length - Between Perpendiculars 425'1
129.54 m1
Beam 57' 9"1
17.6 cm1
Draft / Height 24' 6"1
7.47 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"1: 11
40 mm1: 21
20 mm1: 41
Aircraft 41
Armor  
Engines Burmeister & Wain 6 cylinder diesel1
Shafts 11
HP 3,3001
Oil  
Aircraft Fuel  

Sources:

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