MV Empire MacKay

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Name: Empire MacKay
Owner: Ministry of War Transport
Operator: British Tanker Co. Ltd.
Builder: Harland and Wolff, Govan
Launched: 17 June 1943
Renamed: British Swordfish in 1946
Fate: Scrapped Rotterdam 1959
General characteristics
Displacement: 8,908 tons (gross)
Length: 460 feet (140 m) (pp) 482 ft 9 in (147.14 m) (oa)
Beam: 59 ft (18 m)
Depth: 27 ft 6 in (8.38 m)
Propulsion: Diesel
one shaft
3,300 bhp
Speed: 11 knots (20 km/h)
Complement: 110
Armament: 1 x 4 inch
8 x 20 mm
Aircraft carried: Four Fairey Swordfish

MV Empire MacKay was an oil tanker constructed with rudimentary aircraft handling facilities as a merchant aircraft carrier (MAC ship).

MV Empire MacKay was built by Harland and Wolff, Govan under order from the Ministry of War Transport. She entered service as a MAC ship in October 1943, however only her air crew and the necessary maintenance staff were naval personnel.[1] She was operated by the British Tanker Company.[2]

She returned to merchant service as an oil tanker in 1946 as British Swordfish and she was eventually scrapped in Rotterdam in 1959.[2]

External links


  1. H.T. Lenton & J. J. Colledge. Warships of World War II. Ian Allen. p. 296. ISBN 0-7110-0403-X. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "List and history of the Empire ships - M". Mariners. Retrieved 2007-03-18.