INDEX OF NAVAL
Merchant Aircraft Carrier (MAC) Auxillary Ship
Became British Swordfish.
Empire MacKay was a MAC conversion from a tanker. Officially 4 separate classes, but the ships were essentially identical. Generally similar to Rapana class.
She returned to merchant service postwar; named British Swordfish. Scrapped at Rotterdam starting May 1959.
No information on Captains.
Squadrons and Aircraft
Associations and Reunions
Ship name Empire MacKay Class Empire MacKay type merchant aircraft carrier (Tankers) Type Merchant aircraft carrier (MAC) Ships in Class Empire MacKay, Empire MacColl, Empire Mahon, Empire MacCabe. Officially 4 separate classes, but the ships were essentially identical. Launched Tonnage Displacement: approx. 8,900 tons full load Engines Propulsion: Diesel, 1 shaft, 3,300 bhp Speed in Knots 11 Armament 1 4 inch, 8 20 mm Crew Complement 122 Range Length (ft/inches) 479 Beam (ft/inches) 60 Draught (ft/inches) 27 Flight Deck length (ft/inches) Flight Deck width (ft/inches) Armour 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 NavSource Photo Archives Escort Carriers: HMS Avenger Ships website and HMS AVENGER Escort carrier Details and history of HMS AVENGER Escort carrier 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