Merchant Aircraft Carrier (MAC) Auxillary Ship

Became British Swordfish. 


Empire MacKay  was built by Harland & Wolff, launched 17 June 1943, and completed October 1943. She operated in the North Atlantic throughout the war.

Empire MacKay was a MAC conversion from a tanker. Officially 4 separate classes, but the ships were essentially identical. Generally similar to Rapana class.

She returned to merchant service postwar; named British Swordfish. Scrapped at Rotterdam starting May 1959.

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Ship name Empire MacKay
Class Empire MacKay type merchant aircraft carrier (Tankers)
Type Merchant aircraft carrier (MAC)
Ships in Class Empire MacKay, Empire MacColl, Empire Mahon, Empire MacCabe. Officially 4 separate classes, but the ships were essentially identical. 
Tonnage Displacement: approx. 8,900 tons full load
Engines Propulsion: Diesel, 1 shaft, 3,300 bhp 
Speed in Knots 11
Armament 1 4 inch, 8 20 mm
Crew Complement 122
Length (ft/inches) 479 
Beam (ft/inches) 60
Draught (ft/inches) 27
Flight Deck length (ft/inches)  
Flight Deck width (ft/inches)  
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
NavSource Photo Archives Escort Carriers: HMS Avenger  
Ships website and HMS AVENGER Escort carrier   Details and history of HMS AVENGER Escort carrier 
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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