MV Empire MacCabe

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Name: Empire MacCabe
Owner: Ministry of War Transport
Operator: British Tanker Co. Ltd.
Builder: Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Wallsend
Launched: 18 May 1943
  • British Escort in 1946
  • Easthill Escort in 1959
Honours and
North Atlantic 1943-1945
Fate: Scrapped Hong Kong 1962
General characteristics
Displacement: 8,908 tons (gross)
Length: 463 ft (141 m) (pp) 485 ft 9 in (148.06 m) (oa)
Beam: 61 ft 9 in (18.82 m)
Depth: 27 ft 6 in (8.38 m)
  • Diesel
  • one shaft
  • 3,300 bhp
Speed: 11 knots (20 km/h)
Complement: 110
Aircraft carried: Four Fairey Swordfish

MV Empire MacCabe was a British oil tanker converted to a merchant aircraft carrier (or MAC ship), during World War II.

MV Empire MacCabe was built by Swan Hunter, Wallsend under order from the Ministry of War Transport. She entered service as a MAC ship in December 1943, however only her air crew and the necessary maintenance staff were naval personnel.[1] She was operated by the British Tanker Company.[2]

She returned to merchant service as an oil tanker in 1946 and was scrapped in Hong Kong in 1962.


  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.