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Name: ALBION
Type: Aircraft Carrier
Keel: 22/03/1944
Launched: 16/05/1947
Completed: 26/05/1954
Builder: Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson
Yard: Wallsend
Yard Number: 1721
Dimensions: 22000disp - 27800disp, 737.8 (OA) x 123.0 x 27.8(draft)ft
Engines: 2 x Geared steam turbines, Parsons type, 78000shp
Engines by: Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Co Ltd, Wallsend
Propulsion: 2 x Screws, 28.0knots
Construction: Steel
Armament: 2 x 6 x 44mm, 8 x 2 x 40mm, 4 x 1 x 40mm Bofors guns, 42 x aircraft
History:
26/05/1954 British Royal Navy
12/11/1973 Broken up
Comments: Member of the Centaur Class of light fleet carriers
18/10/1949: Whilst under tow from Wallsend for completion at Rosyth,
she collided with & sank ss MAYSTONE
Arrived at Rosyth with hole in stern and 5ft of water in engine room
Completion delayed so that an angle deck (5.75deg) could be fitted
Became the first "new build" carrier with an angled deck
Also fitted with the new mirror landing sight
1962: Completed a 2 year conversion into a Commando Carrier
1973: Sold for conversion into North Sea Oil heavy lift ship
Projected conversion not carried out
12/11/1973: Sold for breaking up
20/11/1973: Arrived at Faslane for breaking up


Above photo courtesy of Kevin Blair

Above photo is copyright of South Tyneside Libraries

Above photo courtesy of Tim Webb

Above photo of ALBION as a Commando Carrier copyright of Malcolm Cranfield