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Battle Honours

Atlantic 1944
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: Stricken, 12 April 1946 (Navy Dep. Bulletin, 46-845, p. 20). 1948: Converted to a cargo ship, renamed Greystoke Castle (British flag). 1954: Gallic. 1959: Benrinnes (Ben Line Ltd., Leith). November 1973: Scrapped at Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

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HMS Trouncer (D85)
CVE-47 Perdido/HMS Trouncer

HMS Trouncer alongside a pier at Portland, Oregon on 9 February 1944, soon after completion. Commissioned for a few days as USS Perdido (CVE-47), this ship was transferred to the United Kingdom under Lend-Lease at the end of January 1944 and thereafter served in the Royal Navy.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives (#19-N-61366).

Naval History & Heritage Command, via Robert Hurst
CVE-47 Perdido/HMS Trouncer
59k Undated, starboard side view. IWM
CVE-47 Perdido/HMS Trouncer

Helping hands assist women survivors from the SS Empire Patrol on board HMS Trouncer (D85) on 29 September 1945. The ship caught fire while repatriating 567 Greek refugees from Abyssinia to East Africa.

Source: Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official Collection, Photo No. © IWM(A 30733).

Mike Green
Commercial Service
CVE-47 Perdido/HMS Trouncer

Ex-HMS Trouncer as Benrinnes. This picture was taken from the ST London Valour in 1966 as she passed us about 100 miles into the Bay of Biscay heading approximately SSW.

©David Meare,
formerly Radio Officer, British Merchant Navy
CVE-47 Perdido/HMS Trouncer
81k Ben Line Benrinnes discharging cargo from the Far East. Bremerhaven, September 1971. Note: During the rebuilding process after WW II, this vessel had been fitted with a slightly modified superstructure that was originally destined for a Liberty Ship. Photos by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
CVE-47 Perdido/HMS Trouncer
CVE-47 Perdido/HMS Trouncer
60k Ex-HMS Trouncer as Benrinnes, Bremerhaven, July 1972. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus

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