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NavSource Online: Escort Carrier Photo Archive


Contributed by Tommy Trampp

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.
Stricken, 20 March 1946 (Navy Dept. Bulletin, 46-629, p. 16).

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St. Joseph (CVE-50)/HMS Ruler

HMS Ruler (D72). Place unknown; circa 1943-1944.

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St. Joseph (CVE-50)/HMS Ruler

[A]n unidentified RN escort carrier (top of image) tied up pierside, and the British armoured fleet carrier HMS Indomitable (92) at Norfolk Navy Yard, Norfolk, VA., on 7 April 1944. Indomitable had been torpedoed during a night torpedo attack at Salerno on 11 July 1943. She was in dockyard hands for repairs and refitting from 31 August 1943 to 15 April 1944. Photo source unknown.

The CVE is probably HMS Ruler (D72), ex-St. Joseph (CVE-50), and the photo was probably taken, in fact, on April 8th or shortly afterward. Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers, writes: "This is HMS Ruler; she is listed as arriving at Norfolk on April 8th though. I can find no other RN CVEs in the area at the right time. Ruler was on her maiden voyage Vancouver to Liverpool via Norfolk and New York. In Norfolk to embark a ferry load."

Photo and partial text from British Carrier Aviation: The Evolution of the Ships and their Aircraft, by Norman Friedman.

Robert Hurst
St. Joseph (CVE-50)/HMS Ruler

British escort aircraft carrier HMS Ruler (D72), ex-U.S. St. Joseph (CVE-50) docked with her flight deck packed with snow-covered Grumman Hellcat fighters, on 21 January 1945, on the Clyde. Photo by unknown Royal Navy official photographer. Imperial War Museum photo, No: A 28796.

Robert Hurst
Larger copy submitted by Mike Green
St. Joseph (CVE-50)/HMS Ruler

HMS Ruler (A731), ex-St. Joseph (CVE-50), Sydney harbour, 1945.

Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
St. Joseph (CVE-50)/HMS Ruler

HMS Ruler operating the Hellcats of 885 squadron in the Pacific with the British Pacific Fleet, 1945. She appears to be refuelling another ship astern.

Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
St. Joseph (CVE-50)/HMS Ruler

USS Missouri (BB-63) tied up to the pier, 9–12 May 1946 at Norfolk Naval Base, Virginia.

An escort aircraft carrier is off to Missouri's starboard side. What is left of her hull number identifies her as one of the British CVEs used as aircraft transports in the Pacific, late in WW2. Only HMS Ruler carried an A pennant number in the 700 series. Ruler was returned to USN custody at Norfolk on 29 January 1946 and is awaiting disposal in this shot. (Thanks to Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers, for his help.)

What looks like an attack transport is off Missouri's stern.

Photo by Joseph Albright, courtesy of Christopher Albright

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