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Cape Grafton ex Empire MacAndrew

Cape Grafton ex Empire MacAndrew

Completed by Denny Bros, Dumbarton in July 1943 as MAC EMPIRE MACANDREW for MOWT and managed by Hain. S.S. Ltd. Sold to McCowen and Gross in 1947 and renamed DERRYHEEN. Bought by Lyle Shipping in 1951 and renamed CAPE GRAFTON. Sold on in 1963 to the Patricia Cia, Nav., Liberia and renamed PATRICIA

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I was wondering why ship was in the cargo vessel section:

MV Empire MacAndrew was a grain ship converted to become a Merchant Aircraft Carrier or MAC ship.

MV Empire MacKendrick was built at William Denny and Brothers Dumbarton Scotland under order from the Ministry of War Transport. As a MAC ship, only her air crew and the necessary maintenance staff were naval personnel and she was operated by Hain SS Co, St.Ives.

After the war, the ship was converted to a grain carrier, and eventually scrapped in China in 1970.
 

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RHP -
These MAC ships were not conversions they were built for a dual purpose -
to carry cargo and to serve as escort carriers.
MAC = Merchant Aircraft Carrier.
 

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MAC ships (Merchant Aircraft Carriers) were cargo ships modified with a flight deck built over them. Unlike Escort Carriers they had no hanger deck and no aircraft lift, they carried cargo underneath their flight decks, and they were operated by Merchant Navy crews rather than Navy crews.
 

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The info I have on them is as follows:

EMPIRE_MACALPINE Grain Hanger
EMPIRE_MACKENDRICK Grain Hanger
EMPIRE_MACANDREW Grain no Hanger
EMPIRE_MACDERMOTT Grain no Hanger
EMPIRE_MACRAE Grain Hanger
EMPIRE_MACCALLUM Grain Hanger
EMPIRE_MACKAY Tanker no Hanger
EMPIRE_MACCOLL Tanker no Hanger
EMPIRE_MACMAHON Tanker no Hanger
EMPIRE_MACCABE Tanker no Hanger

Other MAC Carriers
MACOMA Tanker no Hanger
GADILA Tanker no Hanger

ANCYLUS Tanker no Hanger
ACAVUS Tanker no Hanger
AMASTRA Tanker no Hanger
ALEXIA Tanker no Hanger
RAPANA Tanker no Hanger
MIRALDA Tanker no Hanger
ADULA Tanker no Hanger
 

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Wonderful ships, that fulfilled a dual role admirably. Hats off to all those taht served on them.
 

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Interesting pictures and info: http://www.sas1946.com/main/index.php?topic=14368.0
 

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