Light Fleet Carrier

Became HMCS Magnificent (Canada)


HMS Magnificent was built by Harland & Wolff, laid down 29 July 1943 and launched 16 November 1944. She was loaned to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) upon completion in 1948. Commissioned in the RCN on 21 March 1948 as HMCS Magnificent.

In May 1953, HMCS Magnificent, with 871 and 881 squadrons embarked, represented Canada at the Coronation Review at Spithead. Magnificent took part in the Suez crisis in the Middle East in 1956 she arrived in Port Said, Egypt, with a deck load of vehicles and army personnel as Canada's contribution to the UN presence there.

Magnificent was returned to RN control in 1957, placed in reserve. Stricken 1965. Broken up.

Battle Honours
None in World War II

None in World War II

Squadrons and Aircraft
None in World War II: postwar she flew avengers, firefly, HO4S helicopters and Sea furies.

The Sea Furies here are flying over their sea-going home, HMCS Magnificent. The "Maggie" was Canada's aircraft carrier from 1948 to 1957. Painting by Bob Durnan

Associations and Reunions
No information

Carrier name HMS Magnificent (loaned as HMCS Magnificent 1948 (Canada)
Class Majestic Class
Type Light Fleet Aircraft Carrier
Ships in Class Majestic, Terrible, Magnificent, Powerful, Leviathan, Hercules
Launched Laid down July 1943. Launched November 1944. Loaned to Royal Canadian Navy upon completion in 1948. Commissioned in RCN March 1948. 
Tonnage Displacement: 14,224 tons standard ; 18,085 tons full load
Engines Propulsion: Steam Turbines (4 Admiralty 3-drum boilers, 2 shafts, Parsons geared turbines), 40,000 shp.
Speed in Knots Speed: 25 knots
Armament Guns: 24 x 2 pdr AA ; 19 x 40 mm 
Crew Complement Compliment: 1100 (including air group)
Range  Range: 12,000 nmiles at 14 knots
Length (ft/inches) Dimensions: 630 pp, 650 wl, 695 oa x 80 x 23.5 feet
Beam (ft/inches)  
Draught (ft/inches)  
Flight Deck length (ft/inches)  
Flight Deck width (ft/inches)  
Number of aircraft carried 37
Fate of carrier Stricken 1965. Broken up.
Notes Originally part of the Colossus class, these last six ships were completed to a slightly modified design more suited to operating heavier aircraft. None commissioned into the Royal Navy, all but one being sold.

Canada's Aircraft Carriers by Shearwater Aviation museum online  
Canadian Aircraft Carriers Reported as the only page on the internet dedicated solely to preserving the history of
Canada's five aircraft carriers.
 Bonaventure 'Modified Majestic type' Magnificent 'Majestic type' Warrior 'Collossus type   
Aircraft Profiles by FAUCONBERG AEROGRAPHICS An A-Z of Aircraft Profiles by FAUCONBERG AEROGRAPHICS including GENERAL MOTORS AVENGER A.S.3 Mk.I, 826 Squadron, Royal Canadian Navy, H.M.C.S. Magnificent, 1951
HMCS MAGNIFICENT A View Through the Lens
World Aircraft Carrier Lists and Photo Gallery - from 1913 to 2000. Naval History Information Center, Haze Gray & Underway
Sturtivant, R & Ballance, T  (1994). 'The Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm' Published by Air Britain (Historians) Ltd, 1994 ISBN: 0 85130 223 8

The World’s Warships 1941 by Francis E. McMurtrie (1944). Janes London 1941 1st ed. 

Jane's Fighting Ships of World War II by Francis E. McMurtrie (Editor)(1984). 320 pages. Crescent Books; ISBN: 0517679639

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