MV Empire MacRae

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

The MV Empire MacRae.
United Kingdom
Name: Empire MacRae
Owner: Ministry of War Transport
Operator: Hain Steam Ship Co Ltd
Builder: Lithgows, Glasgow, Scotland
Launched: 21 June 1943
  • Alpha Zambesi in 1947
  • Tobon in 1954
  • Depina in 1967
Fate: Scrapped Taiwan 1971
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 MacRae 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]

After the war, the ship was converted to a grain carrier, and eventually scrapped at Kaohsiung in 1971.[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.

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