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ST. SIMON (CVE-51)  /  HMS ARBITER (D31 / R303 / A387)



Contributed by Tommy Trampp


Battle Honours

Atlantic 1944 — Pacific 1945
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: Stricken, 12 April 1946 (Navy Dept. Bulletin, 46-845, p. 20). 1948: Converted to a cargo ship, renamed Coracero (Argentinian flag). 1965: President Macapagal (Philippine flag). 1972: Lucky Two. May 1972: Scrapped at Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

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CVE-51 St. Simon/HMS Arbiter
NS0305111
237k

"Section of Keel for another CVE is ready prior to launching of HMS Arbiter, British carrier-escort at Sea-Tac Yard, Tacoma, Washington, September 9, 1943."

U.S. Navy photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), # 80-G-207700.

NARA
HMS Arbiter (D31 / R303 / A387)
CVE-51 St. Simon/HMS Arbiter
NS0305102
105k

Ship undergoing builder's trials (Commercial Iron Works) off Portland, end of December 1943. Note the ship is not flying a flag or ensign from the signal yards, and the defensive armament is not installed — this work was done at Burrards Dry Dock Co. Ltd., North Vancouver, British Columbia between January 17th and March 3rd.

Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
CVE-51 St. Simon/HMS Arbiter
NS0305101
58k

Moored, with a Short Sunderland flying boat alongside. (Thanks to Robert Hurst.)

IWM
CVE-51 St. Simon/HMS Arbiter
NS0305104
305k

HMS Arbiter underway, date and place unknown.

Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
CVE-51 St. Simon/HMS Arbiter
NS0305108
45k HMS Arbiter (D31), ex-St. Simon (CVE-51), tied up to a mooring buoy at Greenock, Scotland, on 29 July 1944. Photo by Lieutenant R.G.G. Coote, official Royal Navy photographer.

Robert Hurst
CVE-51 St. Simon/HMS Arbiter
NS0305109
75k

HMS Arbiter (D31) moored at Greenock, Scotland on 29 July 1944.

Source: Imperial War Museums Admiralty Official Collection by Coote, R.G.G. (Lt), Photo No. © IWM(A 25021).

Mike Green
CVE-51 St. Simon/HMS Arbiter
NS0305105
222k

HMS Arbiter underway, in Far Eastern camouflage, 1945.

Robert Hurst
Larger copy submitted by Mike Green
CVE-51 St. Simon/HMS Arbiter
NS0305113
110k

Aerial port quarter view of HMS Arbiter (D31) underway, February–March 1945.

Source: Imperial War Museums Admiralty Official Collection Photo No. © IWM(A 28219).

Mike Green
CVE-51 St. Simon/HMS Arbiter
NS0305106
59k

HMS Arbiter at Sydney, May 1945.

Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
CVE-51 St. Simon/HMS Arbiter
NS0305112
74k

HMS Arbiter (R303) with the Sydney Harbor Bridge in the background. This photo might have been taken on the same occasion as the one above.

Gerhard Mueller-Debus
CVE-51 St. Simon/HMS Arbiter
NS0305107
57k

HMS Arbiter along side in Sydney, November 1945, between humanitarian voyages to Hong Kong delivering food and medical supplies and returning Australian and allied POWs to Australia.

Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
Commercial Service
CVE-51 St. Simon/HMS Arbiter
NS0305103
115k Ex-St. Simon, ex-HMS Arbiter, as Coracero (Argentinian flag) leaving Bremen, Germany, in July 1964. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus

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