Converted Liners during WWII


James Carey

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Watching "The WAR" last night, I noticed what looked like a Hospital Ship that looked like it was a Liner. Does anyone know what ships were converted and what happened to them? I know the 2 Queens were troop transports.

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John DeLoache

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The majority of the world's passenger liners in some way served war duty. The largest/fastest ones were converted to troop transports (like the Queens). Others did hospital duty, communications and floating barracks. There were a few that even were cut down to become aircraft carriers. In the end a lot of tonnage was lost to combat such as the Empress of Britain, or to neglect like the Normandie.
 

Jim Currie

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Hi there!

The Anchor Line 'C' boats; Circassia, Cilicia and Caledonia were converted to AMCs - Armed merchant Cruisers during WW2. The first 2 survived the war but the last was sunk by enemy action. She was rebuilt as per the original plans in 1946. I served on the first two after the war.

Cheers!

Jim
 

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