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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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CVE-41 Edisto / HMS Nabob
NS0304104
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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
NS0304101a
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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
NS0304101b
87k

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
NS0304101
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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
NS0304103
158k

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
CVE-41 Edisto / HMS Nabob
NS0304105
289k

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
CVE-41 Edisto / HMS Nabob
NS0304106
497k

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
CVE-41 Edisto / HMS Nabob
NS0304107
201k

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
NS0304108
115k

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
NS0304102
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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

HMS NABOB History (Ex- EDISTO)
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
(Located On The Hazegray & Underway Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

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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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