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ALBATROSS seaplane carrier (1929)

Albatross 1940

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Albatross (RAN, 9/1938 - RN) I22 106 Cockatoo DYd, Australia 5/5/1926 23/2/1928 23/1/1929 repair ship 4/1944

 

Displacement standard, t

4800

Displacement full, t

6350

Length, m

135.3

Breadth, m

18.6 wl 23.7 by sponsons

Draught, m

5.26 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Parsons geared steam turbines, 4 Yarrow boilers

Power, h. p.

12000

Max speed, kts

21

Fuel, t

oil 942

Endurance, nm(kts) 12150(10)

Armament

4 x 1 - 120/40 QF Mk VIII, 4 x 1 - 47/40 3pdr Hotchkiss Mk I, 4 x 1 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk II, 9 seaplanes (Seagull)

Complement

450

Aircraft facilities: There were hangar and compressed air catapult. Aircraft fuel stowage was 37,700l.

Year Recon flying boats
1929 9 Seagull
1939 6 Walrus

Ship project history: Albatross was designed in Australia for Australian Navy and was the largest ship built in dominion at the moment of completion. Significantly revised design of first seaplane/aircraft carrier Ark Royal was taken for a basis. The single-level hangar is arranged fwd from a superstructure. An aviation petrol stowage was 37,732l. In September, 1938 Albatross was transferred to Royal Navy.

Modernizations: 12/1940: catapult was replaced by new  of powder type.

Naval service: Ship was converted to repair ship for escorts in 11/1943 - 4/1944. AA armament was strengthened: old single pompoms are changed on 2 4 40mm pompoms and 6 20mm Oerlikons. Albatross was damaged by  torpedo 11/8/1944 and never completely repaired and used as a hulk; she eventually sold mercantile in 1946.

Albatross 1939

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14