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USS BOLINAS   (CVE-36)  /  HMS BEGUM   (D38)

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Battle Honours

East Indies 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: April 1947: Sold for commercial service and converted to cargo ship, renamed Raki (Dutch flag). 1966: Sold to C. Y. Tung, Hong Kong, renamed I Yung. April 1974: Scrapped at Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

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Bolinas Bay

In the US Navy, AVG-36 was named Bolinas for a bay in Marin County, Calif. It is located just north of the Golden Gate Bridge (NS0303606).

Transferred to the Royal Navy under Lend-Lease, she was renamed Begum, which is the title of a woman of high rank (e.g., a Queen or royal princess) in countries such as India or Pakistan.

(Map courtesy of Google Maps.)


The design was suggested by the ship's officers and depicts an Indian cobra ready to strike, in gold, on a blue field.

Tommy Trampp
HMS Begum (D38)
CVE-36 Bolinas / HMS Begum
91k Good low level image showing details of this class. IWM
CVE-36 Bolinas / HMS Begum
61k HMS Begum serving with the Eastern Fleet in 1944. Avengers and Wildcats of 832 Squadron are on deck. Haze Gray & Underway
CVE-36 Bolinas / HMS Begum

Starboard side view of HMS Begum (D38) off Greenock, Scotland, 6 February 1944.

Imperial War Museums, Admiralty Official Collection, by Beadell, S.J. (Lt), Photo No. © IWM (A 21737).

Mike Green
CVE-36 Bolinas / HMS Begum

Captain J. E. Broome, DSC, RN, commaning officer of HMS Begum (D38), stands on the bridge of his ship at Greenock, Scotland, on 23 February 1944. Photo taken by an unknown Royal Navy official photographer. Image from the collections of the Imperial War Museums, photo # A21926.

Robert Hurst
Commercial Service
CVE-36 Bolinas / HMS Begum

SS Raki, ex-HMS Begum, ex-USS Bolinas (CVE-36), of the Nederland Line circa 1964. Note the prominent fairlead at the top of the stem. Photo and text from Merchant Ships of World War II: A Post War Album, by Victor Young.

Robert Hurst

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