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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.

Ships

HMS Empire MacRae

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

HMS Empire MacCallum

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

Specifications

  Empire MacRae class
Crew 107
Displacement  
Displacement - Loaded  
Physical Characteristics  
Length 446' 6"
136.09 m
Length - Water Line  
Length - Between Perpendiculars 425'
129.54 m
Beam 57' 9"
17.6 cm
Draft / Height 24' 6"
7.47 m
Draft / Height - Maximum  
Flight Deck 400' x 60'
121.92 m x 18.29 m
Performance  
Speed 12.5 knots
Range  
Armament  
Anti-Aircraft 4": 1
40 mm: 2
20 mm: 4
Aircraft 4
Armor  
Engines Burmeister & Wain 6 cylinder diesel
Shafts 1
HP 3,300
Oil  
Aircraft Fuel  

Sources:

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