INDEX OF NAVAL
MAC-ship Auxillary Ship
Miralda was a "Rapana" class MAC conversion from a bulk tanker. This conversion was conceived and designed by the shipping company which owned the ships; the plan was initially rejected by the Navy but later accepeted. Generally similar to previous MAC conversions
Miralda operated as an Atlantic escort throughout the war. Returned to merchant service postwar; named Marisa in 1950. Scrapped at Hong Kong starting in 1960.
No information on Captains.
Squadrons and Aircraft
Associations and Reunions
Ship name Miralda Class Rapana Class (tankers) Type Merchant aircraft carrier (MAC-ship) Ships in Class Rapana, Ancylus, Acavus, Alexia, Amastra, Miralda, Adula Launched Tonnage Displacement: 16,000 tons full load Engines Propulsion: Diesel, 1 shaft, 4,000 bhp Speed in Knots 11.5 knots Armament Armament: 1 4 inch, 2 40 mm, 6 20 mm Crew Complement 118 Range Length (ft/inches) 481 Beam (ft/inches) 60 Draught (ft/inches) 27.5 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). Janes London 1941 1st ed.
Jane's Fighting Ships of World War II by Francis E. McMurtrie (Editor)(1984). 320 pages. Crescent Books; ISBN: 0517679639