A History of HMS SEARCHER
HMS SEARCHER at sea c.1944.
20 February 1942, at Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Co. Tacoma, Washington,
a C3-S-A1 type freighter Maritime Commission hull number 238,
Seattle-Tacoma hull number 22; purchased by the US navy, to become
AVG-22 (no name announced) 27 July 1942. Whilst still under construction
it had been decided that AVG-22. later changed to ACV-22) was to be
transferred to the Admiralty on loan on her completion as an aircraft
carrier. ACV -22 was launched on 20 June 1942 and was towed from Seattle
to Astoria, Washington on June 24th by th USS
Tatnuck (AT--27). ACV-22 was assigned to Commercial Iron Works,
Portland, Oregon, for the completion of her construction as an escort
carrier.. She was transferred to the United Kingdom under Lend Lease and
delivered on 7 April 1943; commissioned into RN service at Portland,
Oregon as HMS SEARCHER (D40), Captain G.O.C. Davies RN in
command. US Navy designation changed from ACV to CVE on 15 July 1943
HMS SEARCHER carrying a ferry load
In UK waters Feb - April
1945, DLTs by 746 Night Fighter Interception Unit from RNAS Ford.
CVE-22 was returned to
US Navy custody on 29 Nov 1945, and was stricken for disposal 7 Feb
1946. She was sold into merchant service as Captain Theo.
Later renamed Oriental Banker in 1965. She was scrapped at
Taiwan starting 21 April 1976.
fuller account of this ships history will be added at some time in
11 June 2020
Sources used in compiling this account:
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Fold3.com various documents including;
Admiralty War Diaries
Norfolk Navy Yard War Diaries
Mew York Navy Yard War Diaries
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