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Albatross file photo [1095]


CountryUnited Kingdom
Decommissioned12 Aug 1954
Displacement6,350 tons standard
Length443 feet
Beam61 feet
Draft17 feet
Speed21 knots


ww2dbaseThe Royal Navy transferred this originally Australian seaplane carrier of 9 aircrafts to England in 1938 due to the impending conflict with Germany. She operated as escort to trade ships for a part of her career off West Africa and in the Indian Ocean, and also as a miscellaneous auxillary ship later on in her career (repair ship, general escort, hulk). She was scrapped in Hong Kong in 1954.

ww2dbaseSource: Fleet Air Arm Archive

Last Major Revision: Jan 2005

Albatross Operational Timeline

12 Aug 1954 Albatross was decommissioned from service.


Albatross underway in 1938

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1. Elaine Sharp says:
30 Jul 2016 10:51:55 AM

Sitting beside my Uncle's hospital bed today awaiting his transfer to a nursing home, I was deeply moved by his account of the morning the Albatross was torpedoed. He was 18 years old and missed being killed as he was on duty at the switchboard. As bunks were shared it was his fellow seaman who was off-duty and asleep who was killed, when it could so easily have been him. The harrowing tale of closing the hatches on live crew members in order to save the ship haunt him to this day when he is 90 years old. The event cast a shadow over his life which has been lived reclusively since the event.

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Albatross underway in 1938

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