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NavSource Online: Escort Carrier Photo Archive


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Battle Honours

Atlantic 1943 — Norway 1944 — Arctic 1941–44
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.

Ruler (US Bogue/Prince William) Class Escort Carrier
Ordered Laid down Launched Commissioned Returned to US Stricken
- 31 Oct 1942 22 Mar 1943 3 Nov 1943 12 Apr 1946 21 May 1946
Builder: Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp., Seattle, Wash.
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Estero  /  HMS Premier (D23)
Estero (CVE-42)/HMS Premier

HMS Premier (D23) moored to buoy at Greenock, Scotland, 23 March 1943. Photo taken by Lt S. J. Beadekk, Official Royal Navy photographer. Photo No. A22526 from the Imperial War Museum Collection No. 4700-.

Robert Hurst
Estero (CVE-42)/HMS Premier

HMS Premier, February 1944 (thanks to Robert Hurst). Place unknown.

Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
Estero (CVE-42)/HMS Premier

HMS Premier taking on stores using her starboard "A" frame hoist, circa 1945.

Photo: CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum, VR999.693.25.

Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
Estero (CVE-42)/HMS Premier

This photo of HMS Premier was probably taken at Norfolk in the spring of 1946. She might had already been returned to U.S. custody by the time this picture was taken.

From the collection of RM1c Dale Magnus, USN (Ret.), a Pearl Harbor Survivor. In the spring of 1946 Dale was assigned to USS Mindoro (CVE-120).

Dale Magnus,
via Carol Edgemon Hipperson, author of "Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor and World War II in the Pacific."
Commercial Service

Rhodesia Star, ex-HMS Premier, leaving Bremen, Germany, March 1965.

Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus

Rhodesia Star, ex-HMS Premier, in the Weser River, Bremen, Germany, September 1966.

Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus

Rhodesia Star anchored off Southend.

David Nixon

Read the ESTERO (CVE-42) / HMS PREMIER (D23) DANFS History entry

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Not Applicable To This Ship
Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway World Aircraft Carrier Pages by Andrew Toppan.
A History of HMS Premier by Tony Drury.

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