Miralda (1)

About

Completed 1936 as Miralda for La Corona. 1939 to Anglo-Saxon. 1943-1946 served as MAC 8, conversion to Merchant Aircraft Carrier (MW) by Palmers Hebburn Dry Dock Hebburn. 1950 returned to La Corona and renamed Marisa (2). 21-7-1960 arrived Hong Kong for scrap.

Information
Also known as
Marisa
MAC 8
IMO number
1162134
Call sign
PFZZ
Construction number
236
Tonnage
12.050 ton
Beam
18m
Length overall
147m
Year of construction
1936
Year of renaming/broken up
1960
Service for Shell
1936 to 1960
Cargo
Class
Flag state
Home port
Manager
Shipyard
Status
Photo(s)

Comments

Sailors

Name Job Period Details
Leonard Jaggard able seaman 1944 to 1945
Stanley Algar master 1945 to 1946 my father, Captain Stanley Algar was master on this vessel.
Doug Cornish able seaman 1949 to 1950 Able seaman and watch
Murray Nelson 3rd engineer 1949
William B. Macp... assistant steward 1949 to 1950

Anecdotes

Date Visitor Anecdote
09/24/2010 - 11:28 Stanley Algar

My father, Stanley Algar, was master of the Miralda in 1945-46. My book, GOODBYE OLD CHAP, A LIFE AT SEA IN PEACE AND WAR, (ISBN 978-1-907219-04-7)recounts his life story and is based in in part on his diaries, written in a POW camp and hidden from the Germans. My royalties are being given to the Red Cross, without whose food parcels he and many other prisoners might have starved.

As noted above, the Miralda was a Merchant Aircraft Carrier and Shell offered passages to ex service men and women, returning to Jamaica or Trinidad and also company employees going to Curacao or Venezuela. He wrote "it was pleasant to see couples, sometimes pushing a pram, strolling on the flight deck and it was difficult to realise that the vessel was a tanker. Quoits, deck hockey and even dances, to the music from the radio, were organised."