1946 KAREL DOORMAN - 1948 NAIRANA - 1949 PORT VICTOR
Subsequent owner and registration history
03/1946 Royal Netherlands Navy on loan 1948 Royal Navy 06/1948 Port Line Ltd., London.
02/11/1941 Laid down for Port Line Ltd, London. Her intended name was PORT PIRIE. Construction delayed as yard labour diverted to work on naval tonnage. 09/07/1942 Purchased on the stocks by the Admiralty for 'Special Service'. 20/05/1943: Launched as the escort carrier HMS NAIRANA. 12/12/1943: Completed. Her armament comprised 2 4", 16 2pdr and 16 20mm guns, and 18 aircraft. 03/1946 until 1948 Loaned to the Royal Netherlands Navy as KAREL DOORMAN. 1948 Returned to the Admiralty. 06/1948 Repurchased by Port Line Ltd, sent to Belfast for re-conversion to merchant ship and renamed PORT VICTOR. 16/06/1948 Registered at London and given official number 181935. (Tonnage 16205 gross) 10/1949 Departed on maiden commercial voyage.
Fate / Status
Broken Up 07/08/1971
21/07/1971 Departed from Glasgow for breaking. 07/08/1971 Breaking commenced at Faslane by Shipbreaking Industries Ltd.
NAIRANA , as built
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