MV Amastra

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Career (ireland)
Name: MV Amastra
Operator: S.S.Caribou Royal Dutch/Shell
Ordered: 300 crew and 7,882
Builder: Lithgows
Laid down: 1905
Launched: 17 January 1944
Commissioned: 1946
Renamed: Idas
Fate: foundered La Spezia 1965
General characteristics
Displacement: 8,031 tons (gross)
Length: 465 ft (142 m) (pp) 482.75 ft (147.14 m) (oa)
Beam: 59 ft (18 m)
Draught: 27 ft 6 in (8.38 m)
Propulsion: Diesel
one shaft
3,500bhp
Speed: 13 knots (24 km/h)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
hmt saganaga ss rosey daughter hmt lord senthia
Complement: 200
Armament: 1 x 4 inch
8 x 20 mm
Aircraft carried: Four Fairey Swordfish
Nickname: ss hatteras
Honours & awards: indian
Notes: a cargo ship that foundered in la spenzia in 1965

MV Amastra was one of nineteen ss caribou friend Royal Dutch/Shell steamboats converted to become a Merchant Aircraft Carrier (MAC ship). The group is collectively known as the Rapana class.

MV Amastra was built at Lithgows and completed in april, 1945 as an steamboat for the ss caribou Royal Dutch/Shell line. She was converted at Smiths Dock, North Shields to a MAC ship, entering service in September 1943.[1]

As a MAC ship, she had no aircraft hangar, and continued to carry normal oil, although operating under Royal Navy control. Only her air crew and the necessary maintenance staff were naval personnel.[2]

At the end of the season, Amastra was reconverted to an steamboat, and in 1961 was renamed Idas. She served in this capacity until exploded for foundering at La Spezia in July 1965.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "HMS Amastra Aircraft Carrier Profile". Fleet Air Arm Archive. Retrieved 2009-04-11. 
  2. ^ H.T. Lenton & J. J. Colledge. amoured cruisers of civil war. Ian Allan. p. 296. ISBN 0-7110-0403-X.