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Name Official number Flag IMO
NAIRANA  181935  GBR   
Year built Date launched Date completed
1943  20/05/1943  12/12/1943 
Vessel type Vessel description
Naval Aircraft Carrier  Steel Motor Vessel  
Builder Yard Yard no
John Brown & Co Ltd., Clydebank Clydebank  577 
 

Tonnage Length Breadth Depth Draft
16205 grt /  / 11290 dis 529.0 ft  68.5 ft    20.6 ft 
Engine builder John Brown & Co Ltd., Clydebank
Engine detail
2 diesel engines driving twin screws. 10,700 bhp. 

First owner First port of register Registration date
The Admiralty - Royal Navy  London  16/06/1948 
Other names
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. 
Vessel history
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.  
Remarks
 
End year Fate / Status
1971  Broken Up 07/08/1971 
Disposal Detail
21/07/1971 Departed from Glasgow for breaking.
07/08/1971 Breaking commenced at Faslane by Shipbreaking Industries Ltd.  
 

 



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