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Prince (CVE-45)

(CVE-45: dp. 9,800; l. 492-3-; b. 69-6-; ew. 111-6-; dr. 25-6-; s. 17 k.; cpl. 646; a. 24 aircraft, 2 4-, 16 40mm., 20 mm.)

A son of a king.

McClure (AVG-45) was reclassified ACV-45 on 20 August 1942; laid down 17 December 1942 by Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Co., Wash.; renamed Prince 13 November 1942; launched 18 May 1943; sponsored by Mrs. J. L. McGuigan; reclassified CVE-45 on 15 July 1943; and transferred to the United Kingdom under Lend Lease 17 October 1943.

Prince served the United Kingdom as Rajah (D-10). She was returned to the Navy at Norfolk, Va., 13 December 1946. Struck from the Naval Vessel Register 7 February 1947, she was delivered to her purchaser, Waterman Steamship Corp., 7 July, and became the merchant ship Drente in 1948.

Published:Mon Aug 24 13:41:32 EDT 2015