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EDISTO (CVE-41)  /  HMS NABOB



Battle Honours

Norway 1944
CLASS - BOGUE
Displacement 7,800 Tons, Dimensions, 495' 8" (oa) x 69' 6" x 26' (Max)
Armament 2 x 5"/51 4 x 40mm, 10 x 20mm, 28 Aircraft.
Machinery, 8,500 SHP; Allis-Chambers, Geared Turbines, 1 screw
Speed, 17.5 Knots, Crew 890.

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Edisto
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CVE-41 was named Edisto for an island in a river of the same name, about 20 miles south of Charleston, S.C. (NS0304112, map courtesy of Google Maps).

Transferred under Lend-Lease to the United Kingdom, 7 September 1943, prior to commissioning, she served as HMS Nabob. "Nabob" is a viceroy or governor of a province in India under the Mogul empire. The design of the Coat of Arms is unofficial and believed to be a suggestion of the ship's officers. The elements in the blazon seem to point to the Nabob of Gujarat State, the part of India where Asiatic lions are found. The (also unofficial) motto, "Swift and Daring," matches the manner in which lions attack their prey. (Image and partial text courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers.)

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Nabob
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HMS Nabob
CVE-41 Edisto / HMS Nabob
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"The Canadian aircraft carrier HMCS Nabob ran aground five miles east of Point Roberts, Washington in March 1944 at a speed of 18 knots. Salvage master Loring Hyde was in charge of refloating the vessel. The job was accomplished, the vessel receiving only minor damage, and was returned to service shortly afterward."

Gerhard Mueller-Debus
CVE-41 Edisto / HMS Nabob
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HMS Nabob (D77) lies dead in the water after being torpedoed by German submarine U-354 in the Barents Sea, 22 August 1944. Damage control parties are hard at work to stem the flooding.

Courtesy of Tony Drury,
Royal Navy Escort Carriers
CVE-41 Edisto / HMS Nabob
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Early evening on 22 August 1944—HMS Nabob (D77) down by the stern and listing to starboard after being torpedoed by U-354 off Norway. Her sister HMS Trumpeter and Canadian destroyer HMCS Algonquin stand by to take off survivors.

CVE-41 Edisto / HMS Nabob
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As seen from HMS Trumpeter (D09), HMS Nabob (D77) slowly (∼10 knots) makes her way back to base.

Source: Imperial War Museums (IWM) Admiralty Official Collection, by Hudson, F.A., (Lt), Photo No. © IWM (A 25369).

Mike Green
CVE-41 Edisto / HMS Nabob
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Starboard bow view of HMS Nabob (D77), with Canadian destroyer HMCS Algonquin (R17) taking off members of the crew of Nabob soon after the torpedo hit.

Source: Imperial War Museums (IWM) Admiralty Official Collection, by Hudson, F.A., (Lt), Photo No. © IWM (A 25370).

CVE-41 Edisto / HMS Nabob
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Port bow view of HMS Nabob (D77) shortly after being torpedoed on 22 August 1944, underway, as she limps back to base 1070 miles away. The ship is being assisted by destroyers, evacuating most of the crew and preparing her for her long trip back to her base at Rosyth, Scotland.

Source: Imperial War Museums (IWM) Admiralty Official Collection, by Hudson, F.A., (Lt), Photo No. © IWM (A 25372).

CVE-41 Edisto / HMS Nabob
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Port quarter view of HMS Nabob (D77) shortly after being torpedoed on 22 August 1944, underway, as she limps back to base 1070 miles away.

Source: Imperial War Museums (IWM) Admiralty Official Collection, Photo No. © IWM (A 25404).

CVE-41 Edisto / HMS Nabob
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HMS Nabob (D77) was torpedoed by German submarine U-354 in the Barents Sea on 22 August 1944. This resulted in a 32-square foot hole aft, below the waterline. Seen here on 23 August, her damage under control, Nabob makes three knots under her own power and proceeds to Scapa Flow for emergency repairs. Though she made Scapa Flow on the 27th, she was deemed to be too badly damaged and decommissioned on 10 October.

Photo taken by Lt. F. A. Hudson, Royal Navy official photographer. Photo No. A.25368 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums.

Gerhard Mueller-Debus
Robert Hurst
CVE-41 Edisto / HMS Nabob
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HMS Nabob (D77) entering the main dry dock at Rosyth, Scotland, on 18 September 1944.

Imperial War Museums, Admiralty Official Collection, by Allen, E.E. (Lt), Photo No. © IWM (A 25688).

Mike Green
CVE-41 Edisto / HMS Nabob
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HMS Nabob (D77) being assisted into the main dock at Rosyth, Scotland, on 18 September 1944.

Imperial War Museums, Admiralty Official Collection, by Allen, E.E. (Lt), Photo No. © IWM (A 25689).

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HMS Nabob (D77) entering the main dry dock at Rosyth, Scotland, on 18 September 1944.

Imperial War Museums, Admiralty Official Collection, by Allen, E.E. (Lt), Photo No. © IWM (A 25690).

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Tugs maneuvering HMS Nabob (D77) in preparation for her entering the main dry dock at Rosyth, Scotland, on 18 September 1944.

Imperial War Museums, Admiralty Official Collection, by Allen, E.E. (Lt), Photo No. © IWM (A 25691).

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Twenty-one crewmen of the escort carrier HMS Nabob (D77) who were killed when their ship was torpedoed during an attack on the German battleship Tirpitz are buried with full naval honors at Douglas Bank Cemetery. The Reverend G. Davies conducts the service at the graves of Church of England victims.

Imperial War Museums, Admiralty Official Collection, by Zimmerman E.A. (Lt), Photo No. © IWM (A 25833).

Mike Green
CVE-41 Edisto / HMS Nabob
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Ex-HMS Nabob (D77), ex-Edisto, was sold to Dutch shipbreakers. Here, she is seen arriving in the port of Rotterdam, April 1947, on her way upriver to the shipbreakers. However, she was not scrapped, but resold and towed to Germany for rebuilding and conversion to a cargo ship by A.G. Weser (see NS0304102 for further details). Note that, contrary to what some sources state, she had not been stripped of her flight deck prior to being delivered to the Dutch breakers.

Wim Grund, Amsterdam
Commercial Service
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Ex-Edisto, ex-HMS Nabob, being converted to a merchant ship at AG Weser Shipyards in Bremen, Germany, October 1951–June 1952. This photo is dated October 1951.

AG Weser Shipyards archive photo.

Gerhard Mueller-Debus
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Ex-Edisto, ex-HMS Nabob, being converted to a merchant ship at AG Weser Shipyards in Bremen, Germany, October 1951–June 1952. This photo is dated January 1952.

AG Weser Shipyards archive photo.

Gerhard Mueller‑Debus
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Ex-Edisto, ex-HMS Nabob, being converted to a merchant ship at AG Weser Shipyards in Bremen, Germany, October 1951–June 1952. This photo is dated June 1952.

AG Weser Shipyards archive photo.

Gerhard Mueller-Debus
CVE-41 Edisto / HMS Nabob
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Newspaper picture, dating from circa 1954, showing Nabob, ex-HMS Nabob, ex-Edisto. Location is probably the Weser River, Germany, but not definitely confirmed.

Gerhard Mueller-Debus
CVE-41 Edisto / HMS Nabob / SS Nabob
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A vintage 1956 archive picture of the port of Hamburg, Germany, which shows the former CVE Edisto/HMS Nabob as the German-flagged Nabob, located behind the British freighter Markab.

Gerhard Mueller-Debus
CVE-41 Edisto / HMS Nabob / SS Nabob
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Ex-Edisto, ex-HMS Nabob, as the re-built German Norddeutscher Lloyd freighter Nabob, apparently calling at a South Australian port (Adelaide?), circa the early 1960s.

Gerhard Mueller-Debus
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Nabob, ex-HMS Nabob, leaving Bremen, Germany, on a foggy March 1965 day.

Note (by Gerhard Mueller-Debus): The damaged escort carrier HMS Nabob (ex-Edisto) was not scrapped after all, but the flight deck was stripped off and after this the vessel was sold to German buyers (Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen), towed from the U.K. to Bremen, re-engined with British-built steam turbines and converted into a freighter, retaining, however, the name Nabob.

Under this name the vessel operated very successfully for another 16 years, until she was sold to Hong Kong - Chinese owners in 1967, being renamed the Glory. The vessel was finally scrapped in Taiwan in 1976, where the remarkable career of this gallant ship finally came to an end.

Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus

Read the EDISTO / HMS NABOB DANFS History entry
Located on the Naval History & Heritage Command website
Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway, World Aircraft Carrier Pages by Andrew Toppan.
A History of HMS Nabob by Tony Drury.

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