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Name: VINDEX
Type: Aircraft Carrier
Keel: 02/07/1942
Launched: 04/05/1943
Completed: 15/11/1943
Builder: Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson
Yard: Wallsend
Yard Number: 1667
Dimensions: 13455disp, 498.3 x 68.0 x 21.0(draft)ft
Engines: 2 x Oil engines, 2SCSA, Doxford type, 5cyl (670 x 2320mm), 2152nhp, 10700bhp
Engines by: Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Low Walker
Propulsion: 2 x Screws, 17.0knots
Construction: Steel
Armament: 1 x 2 x 4.0ins, 4 x 4 x 2pdr AA guns; 15 - 20 x aircraft
History:
15/11/1943 British Royal Navy
02/10/1947 Port Line Ltd, London; renamed PORT VINDEX
23/08/1971 Broken up
Comments: Member of the Nairana Class
Laid down as merchant ship PORT SYDNEY
During her war service in the Atlantic and Russian Convoys her aircraft sank a number of U-Boats including U653, U765, U354 and U394.
1947: Repurchased by Port Line & converted to Refrigerated Cargo Liner as PORT VINDEX
Allocated builders yard number 1783 for the rebuilding contract
23/08/1971: Broken up at Kaohsiung by Zui Fat Steel & Iron Co


Above photo copyright of Allan Green

Above photo copyright of the Imperial War Museum

Above photo courtesy of Photoship

Above photo courtesy of Photoship

Having her "flat top" removed after the war. Above photo courtesy of Kevin Blair

Above photo copyright of Allan Green

Above photo copyright of Chris Howell

Above photo copyright of Chris Howell