MV Miralda

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Name: MV Miralda
Owner: Anglo Saxon Royal Dutch/Shell
Operator: Anglo Saxon Royal Dutch/Shell
Builder: Nederlandse Scheepsbouw Mij, Amsterdam
Launched: July 1936
Renamed: Marisa 1950
Fate: Scrapped Hong Kong 1960
General characteristics
Displacement: 8,003 tons (gross)
Length: 463 feet (141 m) (pp) 481 ft (147 m) (oa)
Beam: 59 ft (18 m)
Draught: 27 ft 6 in (8.38 m)
Propulsion: Diesel
one shaft
4,000 bhp
Speed: 13 knots (24 km/h)
Complement: 100
Armament: 1 x 4 inch
8 x 20 mm
Aircraft carried: Four Fairey Swordfish

MV Miralda was one of nine Anglo Saxon Royal Dutch/Shell oil tankers converted to become a Merchant Aircraft Carrier (MAC ship). The group is collectively known as the Rapana class.

Macoma was launched in July 1936 at Nederlandse Scheepsbouw Mij, Amsterdam as an oil tanker. Her conversion to a MAC ship was completed in January, 1944.[1]

As a MAC ship, she had no aircraft hangar, and continued to carry normal cargoes, although operating under Royal Navy control. Only her air crew and the necessary maintenance staff were naval personnel [2].

After the war, Miralda was reconverted and returned to merchant service as an oil tanker and served in that role until scrapped in Hong Kong in 1960. She was renamed Marisa in 1950.


  1. "HMAS Miralda Aircraft Carrier Profile". Fleet Air Arm Archive. Retrieved 2009-04-11. 
  2. H.T. Lenton & J. J. Colledge. Warships of World War II. Ian Allen. p. 296. ISBN 0-7110-0403-X.