For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

 

HMS NABOB D77

 

Then German MB NABOB (1952)

 

Then Panamanian GLORY (1967)

 

CELER ET AUDAX

 

SWIFT AND DARING

HMS Nabob down by the stern after being torpedoed.  Even though severely damaged, she managed to return to base 1070 miles away.

Source: IWM Official Admiralty Collection A25368

 

Laid down: 30 Oct 1942

Launched: 09 Mar 1943

Commissioned: 07 Sep 1943

Paid off: 10 Oct 1944

Fate: Broken up in 1978

 

Laid down as the merchant vessel Edisto, but converted to an aircraft carrier while building, she was commissioned HMS Nabob at Tacoma, Wash., on 07 Sep 1943. After working up, she entered Burrard Drydock at Vancouver on 01 Nov for modification to RN standards, completing 12 Jan 1944. About this time it was arranged that she and a near-sister Puncher, should be manned largely by Canadians while remaining RN ships. In Feb she embarked 852 Squadron (FAA) of Avengers at San Francisco and sailed for the U.K. via New York, where she took aboard a flight-deck cargo of Mustangs for the RAF. She joined the British Home Fleet at Scapa Flow on 01 Aug, and that month took part in two operations off the Norwegian coast, the second being and attack on the Tirpitz. On 22 Aug, Nabob was torpedoed by U 354 in the Barents Sea, resulting in a hole some 32 feet square abaft the engine room and below the waterline. Amazingly, she made Scapa under her own power on 27 Aug, but was not considered worth repairing and was paid off at Rosyth on 10 Oct. She left there in 1947 to be broken up in Holland, but was resold and converted for merchant service, emerging in 1952 as the German MV Nabob. Sold Panamanian in 1967 and renamed Glory, she was broken up in Taiwan in 1978.

 

Commanding Officers

Capt Horatio Nelson Lay, OBE, RCN - 15 Oct 1943 - 30 Sep 1944

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

CHIZY, Harold,

SBA, V-51974, RCNVR,

 MPK - 22 Aug 1944 

CONNOLLY, Charles W,

L/Cook (S), V-2601, RCNVR,

MPK - 22 Aug 1944 

CURRIE, George Howard,

Supply Assist, V-25263, RCNVR,

MPK - 22 Aug 1944 

JONES, John C,

L/Steward, A-3211, RCNR,

MPK - 22 Aug 1944 

LEWIS, Joseph,

AB, V-41131, RCNVR,

MPK - 22 Aug 1944 

MACDONALD, Duncan Alexander,

AB, V-52782, RCNVR,

MPK - 22 Aug 1944 

MELROSE, David,

AB, A-5395, RCNR,

MPK - 22 Aug 1944 

STAINES, Frederick Charles,

Supply Assist, V-23788, RCNVR,

MPK - 22 Aug 1944 

TUCCI, Albert,

AB, V-38583, RCNVR,

MPK - 22 Aug 1944 

WHITEHOUSE, Eric,

Regulating PO, 2464, RCN,

MPK - 22 Aug 1944 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Brock, Nicholas

____-2001

 

 

 

 

C-D

Callander, Alexander Maxwell

1924-2011

Dillon, Charles

1912-2002

 

 

 

E-F

Ewing, George John

1921-2014

 

 

 

 

G-H

Harding, Norman L.

____-____

Harris, William

____-2003

Hewitt, Wilbert Harold

____-2005

 

 

I-J

Jolleys, John William

1924-1999

 

 

 

 

K-L

Kalichack, Anthony

1923-2004

Kurney, William John

1920-2008

Lay, Horatio Nelson

1903-1988

Love, Leonard E.

1924-2008

 

M-N

Morgan, Richard Thomas

1923-2009

 

 

 

 

O-P

Paone, Luigi Armando

1921-2005

Pearson, David Marshall

1925-2007

Platt, Joseph Vincent

1921-2004

Potvin, Jean-Paul

1915-1981

 

Q-R

Reid, Ronald Douglas

1925-2004

Roberts, James H.

1924-2008

 

 

 

S-T

Seely, Norman William

____-2003

Smith, Stan

1925-2012

Tait, John

1920-2006

 

 

U-V

Vetters, William

1924-2008

 

 

 

 

W-X

White, William George

____-2011

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Cooper, Cecil Ross, V60196  - 

Delaney, Bernard

Powers, Robert W.,  Stoker 

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

HMS Nabob - Fleet Air Arm Archives

History of HMS Nabob - Royal Navy Research Archive

Photo Gallery of HMS Nabob - Royal Navy Research Archive

HMS Nabob

HMS Nabob - Fly Navy

 

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