MV Empire MacAndrew

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Name: Empire MacAndrew
Owner: Ministry of War Transport
Operator: Hain SS Co, St.Ives
Builder: William Denny and Brothers Dumbarton Scotland
Launched: 3 May 1943
Renamed: Derryheen in 1947
Cape Grafton in 1951
Patricia in 1963
Fate: Scrapped China 1970
General characteristics
Tonnage: 7,950 tons (gross)
Length: 425 feet (130 m) (pp) 445 ft 9 in (135.86 m) (oa)
Beam: 56 ft (17 m)
Depth: 24 ft 9 in (7.54 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 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 [1] and she was operated by Hain SS Co, St.Ives.[2]

After the war, the ship was converted to a grain carrier, and eventually scrapped in China in 1970.[2]

See also


  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. 

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