INDEX OF NAVAL
Merchant Aircraft Carrier (MAC) Auxillary Ship
Became Granpond, Condor 1951, Saltersgate 1959, Vassil Levsky
Merchant ships (bulk grain carriers) built with flight decks to serve as bare minumum aircraft carriers as an emergency measure pending the availablilty of the US-built escort carriers. These ships operated with civilian crews, under merchant colors, and carried their regular cargo while serving as aircraft carriers. Their planes were primarily meant to attack long-range reconniassance aircraft to prevent tracking of convoys. They were designated as Merchant Aircraft Carriers (MAC). Design: Flight deck fitted above the main deck; small island. No hangar, catapult or other aircraft support facilities. These ships were built in this configuration, not converted. Departure from Service/Disposal:
Empire MacKendrick operated on Atlantic convoys throughout WWII, and was returned to merchant service postwar and named Granpond, Condor in 1951, Saltersgate in 1959, Vassil Levsky. She was marooned in the Great Bitter Lake, Suez Canal, 6 June 1967 to 5 June 1975 during the Arab-Israeli War. Scrapped at Split starting June 1975.
No information on Captains.
Squadrons and Aircraft
Associations and Reunions
Ship name Empire MacKendrick Class Empire MacAlpine class (bulk grain carriers) Type Merchant aircraft carrier (MAC-ship) Ships in Class Empire MacAlpine, Empire MacKendrick Launched Tonnage Displacement: 12,000 tons full load Engines Propulsion: Diesel, 1 shaft, 3,500 bhp Speed in Knots 12.5 knots Armament Armament: 1 4 inch, 2 40 mm, 4 20 mm Crew Complement 107 Range Length (ft/inches) 459 ' Beam (ft/inches) 60' Draught (ft/inches) 24' Flight Deck length (ft/inches) Flight Deck width (ft/inches) Armour None Number of aircraft carried Aircraft: 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