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Merchant Aircraft Carrier (MAC) Auxillary Ship
Renamed Alpha Zambesi 1947, Tobon 1954, Despina P. 1967
Empire MacRae was a MAC conversion from a grain ship, similar to the Empire MacAlpine class. Officially she was one of two classes, which were nearly identical. These Merchant ships (bulk grain carriers) were built with flight decks to serve as bare minumum aircraft carriers as an emergency measure pending the availabililty of the US-built escort carriers. These ships operated with civilian crews, under merchant colours, and carried their regular cargo while serving as aircraft carriers. Their aircraft were primarily meant to attack long-range reconnaissance aircraft to prevent tracking of convoys. They were designated as Merchant Aircraft Carriers (MAC).
Empire MacRae was returned to merchant service immediately following WWII; named Alpha Zambesi in 1947, then Tobon in 1954, Despina P. in 1967. She was scrapped at Kaohsiung starting in April 1971.
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Ship name Empire MacRae Class Empire MacAndrew & Empire MacRae Class (bulk grain carriers) Type Merchant aircraft carrier (MAC-ship) Ships in Class Empire MacAndrew, Empire MacDermott, Empire MacRae, Empire MacCallum Launched Tonnage Displacement: 12,000 tons full load Engines Propulsion: Diesel, 1 shaft, 3,300 bhp Speed in Knots 12.5 Armament Armament: 1 4 inch, 2 40 mm, 4 20 mm Crew Complement 107 Range Length (ft/inches) 448 Beam (ft/inches) 60 Draught (ft/inches) 24.5 Flight Deck length (ft/inches) Flight Deck width (ft/inches) Armour None Number of aircraft carried 4 Fate of carrier Notes
FURTHER INFORMATION World Aircraft Carrier Lists and Photo Gallery - from 1913 to 2000. Naval History Information Center, Haze Gray & Underway Sturtivant, R & Ballance, T (1994). 'The Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm' Published by Air Britain (Historians) Ltd, 1994 ISBN: 0 85130 223 8
The World’s Warships 1941 by Francis E. McMurtrie (1944). Jane's London 1941 1st ed.
Jane's Fighting Ships of World War II by Francis E. McMurtrie (Editor)(1984). 320 pages. Crescent Books; ISBN: 0517679639