MV Amastra

MAC Auxillary ship
Became Idas 1951
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Amastra was a Rapana class Merchant aircraft carrier (MAC-ship) built by Lithgow, laid down and launched 18 December 1934, and completed March 1935. She was taken over for conversion and converted as Smith's Dock, conversion completed September 1943.

Rapana class conversions were 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.

Amastra operated as an Atlantic escort throughout the war. Returned to merchant service postwar; named Idas in 1951. Sold 27 June 1955 and scrapped at La Spezia.

Battle Honours

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Squadrons and Aircraft
No information on Squadrons and aircraft in 1939-1945.

Associations and Reunions
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Ship name Amastra
Class Rapana Class (tankers)
Type Merchant aircraft carrier (MAC-ship)
Ships in Class Rapana, Ancylus, Acavus, Alexia, Amastra, Miralda, Adula
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
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  

World Aircraft Carrier Lists and Photo Gallery - from 1913 to 2000. Naval History Information Center, Haze Gray & Underway American based World Aircraft Carrier Lists & Photo Gallery - one of the definitive online sources for British and world aircraft carrier & seaplane tender data, histories and images - over 1000 photos. 
British Forces. com web Information
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)(1944). 320 pages. Crescent Books; ISBN: 0517679639

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