INDEX OF NAVAL AIRCRAFT CARRIERS
Became MV Iacara (1952)
Acavus was built by Workman Clark and launched 24 November 1934. She was completed in January 1935 as a tanker and subsequently converted as a MAC ship at Falmouth, where conversion was completed in October 1943. 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
Acavus served in the North Atlantic throughout the Second World War. She returned to merchant service postwar and named Iacara in 1952. She was scrapped at La Seine in 1963.
Squadrons and Aircraft
Squadrons included 860 (Dutch) swordfish squadron 1943-1944.
Associations and Reunions
Ship name Acavus. Renamed Iacara 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 Scrapped 1963 Notes
FURTHER INFORMATION 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. 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