MV Empire MacCallum

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

United Kingdom
Name: Empire MacCallum
Owner: Ministry of War Transport
Operator: Hain Steam Ship Co Ltd
Builder: Lithgows, Glasgow, Scotland
Launched: 12 October 1943
  • Doris Clunies in 1947
  • Sunrover in 1951
  • Eudoxia in 1957
  • Phorkyss in 1959
Fate: Scrapped Osaka 1960
General characteristics
Displacement: 8,250 tons (gross)
Length: 425 ft (130 m) (pp) 444 ft 6 in (135.48 m) (oa)
Beam: 57 ft 9 in (17.60 m)
Depth: 24 ft 6 in (7.47 m)
  • Diesel
  • one shaft
  • 3,300 bhp
Speed: 12.5 knots (23.2 km/h)
Complement: 107
Aircraft carried: Four Fairey Swordfish


MV Empire MacCallum was built at Lithgows shipyard, Glasgow, 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 Steam Ship Co Ltd of St Ives.[2] On 7 July 1944, a Fairey Swordfish aircraft sank the Free French submarine Perle in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Newfoundland.[3] Amongst the aircraft that served on Empire MacCallum was Fairey Swordfish Mk II LS326 where it became part of 'K' flight. The aircraft had previously served on Rapana. As of November 2010, it is airworthy with the Royal Navy Historic Flight.[4]

After the war, the ship was converted to a grain carrier, and eventually scrapped at Osaka in 1960.[2]

See also


  1. H.T. Lenton & J. J. Colledge. Warships of World War II. Ian Allan. p. 296. ISBN 0-7110-0403-X.
  2. "List and history of the Empire ships - M". Mariners. Retrieved 18 March 2007.
  3. Rohwer, Jürgen; Gerhard Hümmelchen. "Seekrieg 1944, Juli". Württembergische Landesbibliothek Stuttgart (in German). Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  4. Howard, Lee (2010). "Return of the Stringbag". Aeroplane. No. December 2010. Kelsey Publishing. pp. 47–48, 53–55.

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