MV Empire MacKendrick

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Career (UK) Red Ensign
Name: Empire MacKendrick
Owner: Ministry of War Transport
Builder: Burntisland Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Burntisland, Scotland
Laid down: 24 April 1943
Launched: 29 September 1943
Renamed: Granpond in 1946
Condor in 1949
Saltersgate in 1955
Vassil Levsky in 1957
Fate: Scrapped Split 1975
General characteristics
Displacement: 7,950 tons (gross)
Length: 412.5 feet (125.7 m) (pp) 433.75 feet (132.21 m) (oa)
Beam: 56.75 ft (17.30 m)
Depth: 24 ft 6 in (7.47 m)
Propulsion: Diesel
one shaft
3,300 bhp
Speed: 12.5 knots (23.2 km/h)
Complement: 107
Armament: 1 x 4 inch
2 x 40 mm
4 x 20 mm
Aircraft carried: Four Fairey Swordfish

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

MV Empire MacKendrick was built at the Burntisland Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Burntisland, Scotland, under order from the Ministry of War Transport and was delivered on 12 December 1943 [1]. As a MAC ship, only her air crew and the necessary maintenance staff were naval personnel [2] and she was operated by William Thomson & Co.[3]

After the war, the ship was converted to a grain carrier. In 1967 she was trapped in the Suez Canal by the Six-Day War. She was scrapped at Split in 1975.[3]

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  1. "Burntisland Shipyard - List of Ships Page 5". Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  2. H.T. Lenton & J. J. Colledge. Warships of World War II. Ian Allen. p. 296. ISBN 0-7110-0403-X. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "List and history of the Empire ships - M". Mariners. Retrieved 2007-03-18.