Merchant Aircraft Carrier (MAC) Auxillary Ship

Became Derryheen 1947, then Cape Grafton 1951, Patricia 1964. 


Empire MacAndrew was built by Denny, launched 3 May 1943, and completed July 1943. Sold for scrapping in China October 1970.

Empire MacAndrew was a MAC conversion from a grain ship, similar to the Empire MacAlpine class. Officially she was a member of two classes, but nearly identical. Merchant ships (bulk grain carriers) built with flight decks to serve as bare minumum aircraft carriers as an emergency measure pending the availabililty of the US-built escort carriers. These ships operated with civilian crews, under merchant colours, and carried their regular cargo while serving as aircraft carriers. Their aircraft were primarily meant to attack long-range reconniassance aircraft to prevent tracking of convoys.

Empire MacAndrew served in the Atlantic as a convoy escort. Returned to merchant service postwar; named Derryheen in 1947, then Cape Grafton in 1951, Patricia in 1964. Sold for scrapping in China October 1970.

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Ship name Empire MacAndrew
Class Empire MacAndrew & Empire MacRae Class (bulk grain carriers)
Type Merchant aircraft carrier (MAC-ship)
Ships in Class Empire MacAndrew, Empire MacDermott, Empire MacRae, Empire MacCallum
Tonnage Displacement: 12,000 tons full load
Engines Propulsion: Diesel, 1 shaft, 3,300 bhp
Speed in Knots 12.5
Armament Armament: 1 4 inch, 2 40 mm, 4 20 mm
Crew Complement 107
Length (ft/inches) 448
Beam (ft/inches) 60
Draught (ft/inches) 24.5
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
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

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