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HMS TROUNCER 

 Ferry Carrier

Ex USS Perdido ACV/AVG-47
Became mercantile Greystoke Castle 1949, Gallic 1954 and Ben Rinnes 1959

 
 
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History


HMS Trouncer (D-85) was built as a Ruler class escort carrier in the USA at the Commercial Iron Works, Seattle-Tacoma and laid down 1 January 1943 as USS Perdido ACV/AVG-47. Launched 17 June.1943 she was transferred to the Royal Navy 31 January 1944, and commissioned 31 January 1944 as HMs Trouncer.

The Ruler Class were the third group of escort carriers built in the USA for the Royal Navy, and were generally similar to the preceding "Attacker" Class. The modifications carried out to the earlier class after their arrival in the UK were incorporated in the "Ruler" Class during construction. Many of the class were used as amphibious support carriers, taking part in the invasion of Southern France. Others supported Eastern Fleet operations against Burma and Malaya, and some served with the British Pacific Fleet as escorts for the Fleet Train.

On completion, HMs Trouncer's duties were mainly ferrying and transporting, convoy escort in the Pacific and Indian oceans.

Trouncer was returned to the USN 3 March 1946, and became mercantile Greystoke Castle 1949, Gallic 1954 and Ben Rinnes 1959. She was scrapped at Kaohsiung 1973.

Battle Honours
Pacific

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Carrier name HMS Trouncer
Ex USS Perdido ACV/AVG-47
Became mercantile Greystoke Castle 1949, Gallic 1954 and Ben Rinnes 1959.
Class Ruler
Type Escort Carrier (US built)
Ships in Class Ameer, Arbiter, Atheling, Begum, Emperor, Empress, Khedive, Nabob, Patroller, Premier, Puncher, Queen, Rajah, Ranee, Reaper, Ruler, Shah, Slinger, Smiter, Speaker, Thane, Trouncer, Trumpeter
Launched Laid down 1 Jan 1943, Launched 17 June.1943. Transferred 31 January 1944, Commissioned 31 January 1944
Tonnage 8,333 tons

Gross displacement 14,000 tons

Load 5667 tons

Engines 2 x Foster-Wheeler boilers; 2 x Westinghouse geared turbines at 8500 shp, 1 shaft
Speed in Knots 18 knots 
Armament Gun 2 x 1 x 5"/38-cal DP 8 x 2 x 40mm AA 27-35 x 1 x 20mm AA 
Crew Complement 646 Officers & Ratings including Air Group
Range   
Length (ft/inches) 496
Beam (ft/inches) 69' 6"
Draught (ft/inches) 23'3"
Flight Deck length (ft/inches) 470'
Flight Deck width (ft/inches) 70'
Armour  
Number of aircraft carried 18-24
Fate of carrier  scrapped at Kaohsiung 1973.
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FURTHER INFORMATION
 
Navsource online: Escort Carrier photo archive: HMS TROUNCER   
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

 
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