17th March 2005, 10:19
To Billy Yates: FAIRSEA built as RIO DE LA PLATA in 1936 in two pics,
In navigation afte a partially modernizeg and the second at Capetown on
her definitive look.(from the book Trasporti marittimi di linea Vol VII)
welcome from Italy.

5th September 2011, 15:28
FAIRSEA was launched as RIO DE LA PLATA by Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co. at Chester, PA and taken over for rebuilding into an escort aircraft carrier. She was completed in 1941 as HMS CHARGER but was returned to the U S Navy as USS CHARGER in the same year. She remained as USS Charger until 1949 when she was converted to a passenger liner.