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PRINCE (CVE-45)  /  HMS RAJAH


Contributed by Tommy Trampp



Battle Honours

Atlantic 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.
Fate: 1948: Converted to a cargo ship, renamed Drente (Dutch flag). 1966: Lambros. 1969: Ulisse. July 1975: Scrapped at Savona, Italy.

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HMS Rajah (D10 / R310)
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On sea trials in the Straits of Georgia, between Vancouver Island and the mainland, April 1944.

Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
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On sea trials in the Straits of Georgia, between Vancouver Island and the mainland, April 1944.

The gunnery practice shows the starboard aft twin Bofors mount being fired. The small sponson near to it (looking towards the bow) is the gun director's position.

Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
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Three photos of the crash of a Barracuda aircraft, August 1944, when HMS Rajah was taking her turn as the west coast deck landing training carrier.

Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
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HMS Rajah (D10), ex-Prince (CVE-45), underway at sea, circa 1944, location unknown. Photo by unknown Royal Navy official photographer. Imperial War Museum, Photo No: FL 7059.

Robert Hurst
Larger copy submitted by Mike Green
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Late in her career, 1946, not long before her return to the US.

Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
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James Stead served aboard HMS Rajah, ex-Prince, during World War II.

Amanda Stead, daughter of James Stead
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Commercial Service
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107k A distant view of the Dutch cargo liner Drente (left), ex-Prince (CVE-45), ex-HMS Rajah (D10), anchoring in the River Weser estuary, awaiting a berth in the port of Bremen, Germany circa late 1950s. From an old, out-of-print River Weser area promotion brochure.
Submitted by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
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72k Ex-Prince, ex-HMS Rajah, as Drente (Dutch flag), leaving Bremen, Germany, August 1960. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
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73k Ex-Prince, ex-HMS Rajah, as Drente (Dutch flag). Bremen, Germany, February 1961. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus

For more photos and information about this ship, see:

Read the PRINCE (CVE-45) / HMS RAJAH (D10/R310) DANFS History entry

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway World Aircraft Carrier Pages By Andrew Toppan.
HMS Rajah, Royal Navy Escort Carriers, by Tony Drury.

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