MV Empire MacAlpine

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MV Empire MacAlpine.
MV Empire MacAlpine in dry dock at Messrs Cammel Lairds at Birkenhead.
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Name: Empire MacAlpine
Owner: Ministry of War Transport
Builder: Burntisland Shipbuilding Company, Fife, Scotland
Laid down: 11 August 1942
Launched: 23 December 1942
Renamed: Derrynan in 1951
Huntsbrook in 1959
Suva Breeze in 1960
Djatingaleh in 1965
San Ernesto in 1966
Pacific Endeavour in 1968
Fate: Scrapped Hong Kong 1970
General characteristics
Displacement: 7,950 tons (gross)
Length: 412 ft 6 in (125.73 m) (p.p.) 433 ft 9 in (132.21 m) (o/a)
Beam: 56 ft 9 in (17.30 m)
Depth: 24 ft 6 in (7.47 m)
Installed power: 3,300 hp (2,500 kW)
Propulsion: Diesel engine(s)
1 × shaft
Speed: 12.5 kn (23.2 km/h)
Complement: 107
Armament: 1 × 4 in (100 mm) dual purpose gun, 2 × 40 mm anti-aircraft guns, 4 × 20 mm anti-aircraft cannons
Aircraft carried: 4
Honours & awards: Atlantic (1943–45)

MV Empire MacAlpine was a grain ship converted to become the first Merchant Aircraft Carrier (MAC ship).

The Burntisland Shipbuilding Company, Fife, Scotland, built her under order from the Ministry of War Transport and was delivered on 14 April 1943.[1] As a MAC ship, only her air crew and the necessary maintenance staff were naval personnel.[2] She was operated by William Thomson & Co (the Ben Line).[3]

After the war she was converted to a grain carrier. She was scrapped in Hong Kong in 1970.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Burntisland Shipyard - List of Ships Page 5". Burntisland.net. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  2. ^ Lenton, H.T.; Colledge, J.J. Warships of World War II. Ian Allan Publishing. p. 296. ISBN 0-7110-0403-X. 
  3. ^ a b "List and history of the Empire ships - M". Mariners. Retrieved 18 March 2007. 

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