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SUNSET   (CVE-48)  /  HMS THANE   (D83)



CLASS - (USN) BOGUE / (RN) AMEER
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.

Operational and Building Data

Built by Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp., Tacoma, Wash. Laid down on 23 February 1943, with hull number ACV-48. Launched on 15 July 1943 and redesignated CVE-48 the same day. Transferred to the United Kingdom under Lend/Lease agreement on 19 November 1943 and commissioned the same day as HMS Thane (D83).

Torpedoed on 15 January 1945 while in the Irish Sea. Towed to Scotland and declared a constructive total loss. (Note: for years the attack on HMS Thane was credited to U-482. Later research, however, indicates it was plausibly carried out by U-1172U-482 having been probably lost about one month earlier).

FATE: Returned to US custody in December 1945 and stricken. Sold for scrap.


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HMS Thane
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Dedication ceremony on the flight deck, Saturday, July 1, 1944. The church service was led by The Right Reverend Sir Francis Cooke Caulfeild Heathcote, Bishop of New Westminster B.C. from 1940–1951, and the last knighted bishop in Canada. Thane's commanding officer, Captain Edmond Baker, RN read the Ship's Commissioning Warrant.

Photo courtesy of Maureen Ross.

Information from Tony Drury (Royal Navy Escort Carriers) and David Weaver.
HMS Thane
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June 28, 1944 — HMS Thane has just passed under Lions Gate Bridge returning to Lapointe pier, Vancouver after collecting ammunition from Bremerton Navy Yard, Washington State.

(Photo digitally restored by Paul Bass).

Photo courtesy of Paul Bass.

Information from Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers.)
HMS Thane
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HMS Thane photographed by an aircraft from HMS Puncher while at No. 1 Casualty Buoy on the Clyde, January 17, 1945.

Note: This is a rare picture in which she is wearing her pennant number (see also NS0304818). Thane is usually listed as having been assigned pennant number "D48," which in fact pertained to the British-built escort carrier HMS Campania. As these photos show, Thane was actually "D83."

Photo courtesy of Maureen Ross.

Information from Tony Drury (Royal Navy Escort Carriers).
HMS Thane
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Ex-HMS Thane alongside at Faslane. Dismantling has not long begun — her armament has already been removed. This photo was taken some time after Thane was reduced to nominal reserve status, July 21, 1945 and before her return to US custody, December 1945.

Tony Drury (Royal Navy Escort Carriers).
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Similar view, as above.

Gerhard Mueller-Debus.
The Crew
HMS Thane
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Crew celebrating "crossing the line" ie being made to pay homage to King Neptune when a crew member crosses the equator for the first time.

Paul Bass
HMS Thane
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Crew celebrating "crossing the line" ie being made to pay homage to King Neptune when a crew member crosses the equator for the first time.

Paul Bass
HMS Thane
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Crew inspection on the flight deck.

Paul Bass
HMS Thane
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Crew inspection on the flight deck.

Paul Bass
HMS Thane
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Crew inspection on the flight deck.

Paul Bass
HMS Thane
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"In 1944, my brother and I returned from the USA to the UK on Thane — we had been evacuated to the US in 1940. This photo shows the officer appointed to look after us, Sub Lieut. Gordon Mc Nally RNVR, with my brother beside him. I am on the right. I cannot remember who the other 3 boys were."

John Bedwell

For more photos and information about this ship, see:

HMS THANE History (Ex-SUNSET (CVE-48))
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
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