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Name: LEVIATHAN
Type: Aircraft Carrier
Keel: 18/10/1943
Launched: 07/06/1945
Completed: n/a
Builder: Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd
Yard: Wallsend
Yard Number: 1703
Dimensions: 15700disp - 19500disp, 630.0 x 80.3 x 21.0(draft)ft
Engines: 2 x Steam turbines, Parsons Type, SR Geared, 40000shp
Engines by: Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Co Ltd, Wallsend
Propulsion: 2 x Screws, 24.5knots
Construction: Steel
Armament: 6 x 2 x 40mm AA, 20 x 1 x 40mm AA guns; 48 x aircraft, 1 x catapult
History:
07/1946 British Royal Navy
27/05/1968 Broken up
Comments: Member of the Majestic Class of Light Fleet Carriers
They were a Colossus class but modified to operate heavier aircraft
1942: Ordered from Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd, Walker
Order subsequently transferred to Swan Hunter
07/07/1946: Towed from the Tyne, when 80% complete, to Portsmouth for preservation
Never completed and used as an accommodation vessel
1966: Boilers and turbines removed and sold to The Netherlands
Fitted into the KAREL DOORMAN ex HMS VENERABLE which was to become 25 DE MAYO
27/05/1968: Arrived at Faslane for breaking up by Shipbreaking Industries


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Above photo is courtesy of Paul Silverstone

Above photo is copyright of gettyimages - David Cairns

Above photo is courtesy of Mick Lindsay

Above: Arriving on the Clyde. Photo is courtesy of Photoship