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PRETORIA CASTLE escort aircraft carrier (1, 1938 / 1943)


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Pretoria Castle 1944

Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Pretoria Castle F61 1006 Harland & Wolff, Belfast // Swan Hunter, Wallsend ? 12/10/1938 1939 // 9/4/1943 sold mercantile 4/1946


Technical data


Displacement standard, t

19650

Displacement full, t

23450

Length, m

180.4

Breadth, m

23.3 wl

Draught, m

8.89 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 Burmeister & Wain diesels

Power, h. p.

16000

Max speed, kts

18

Fuel, t

diesel oil 2430

Endurance, nm(kts)16000(16)
Armour, mmmagazines, steering gear: splinter protection
Armament

2 x 2 - 102/45 QF Mk XVI, 14 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 21 aircraft (Fulmar, Sea Hurricane, Seafire, Martlet, Corsair fighters, Swordfish, Albacore, Barracuda torpedo bombers)

Electronic equipmenttype 279, type 281 radars
Complement666


Air group


Year Fighters torpedo bombers
1944 6 Sea Hurricane 12 Swordfish


Graphics


<i>Pretoria Castle</i> 1944
Pretoria Castle 1944


Aircraft facilities(fd - 3,977m², ha - ~ 2,100m² / 11,130m³)


 (fd - 3,977m², ha - ~ 2,100m² / 11,130m³): Flight deck: 170.7x23.3m, hangar 70.4x18.5x5.3m. There was a lift (13.7x11.9m, 6.8t) and 1 catapult C-II (6.4t plane was launched at 122km/h). Aircraft fuel stowage was 345,500l.

Project history


Former passenger liner (17,392BRT) was mobilized in October, 1939 and converted to armed merchant cruiser. In the mid-1942 the decision to convert her to escort aircraft carrier was accepted. Converted to carrier 7/1942 - 8/1943. Pretoria Castle became the largest escort aircraft carrier in the world. Unlike remaining representatives of the type, she had a light protection of magazines and steering gear, and also underwater protection consisted of empty compartments fitted alongside. Two planned octuple pompoms were never installed.

Protection


there were splinter protection of magazines and steering gear and underwater protection.

Modernizations


None.

1/1946: 2 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 14 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 21 aircraft, type 279, type 281 radars

Naval service


No significant events.

Many thanks to Wolfgang Stöhr for additional information on this page.