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An alternative spelling to Winyah, a bay off the coast of South Carolina which serves as the estuary of the Pee Dee, Black, and Waccamaw Rivers and is located slightly above Georgetown, S.C.

Winjah (ACV-54), a Prince William-class escort carrier, was laid down on 5 June 1943 at Tacoma, Wash., by the Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Co.; assigned to the United Kingdom under lend-lease on 23 June; redesignated CVE-54 on 15 July; launched on 22 November; and delivered to the British on 18 February 1944.

Renamed Reaper (D 82), the carrier operated in the Royal Navy for the duration of World War II. After arriving at Norfolk, Va., on 13 May 1946, Reaper was decommissioned on 20 May and returned to the United States Government. Authorized for disposal on 14 June, Winjah was struck from the Navy list on 8 July and sold to the Waterman Steamship Co., of Mobile, Ala., on 12 February 1947.

Published: Thu Nov 19 08:32:31 EST 2015