Strange Warships of WWII
starting draft 11Feb'18
Undersea Aircraft Carriers
- Japanese Battleship conversions IJN Ise and Hyuga.
- British Monitors that carried giant mortars.
Merchant Ships that carried Hurricanes
Q-ships, decoy vessels
"USN Project LQ." Five vessels were acquired and converted secretly at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine: the Boston beam trawler MS Wave, which briefly became the auxiliary minesweeper USS Eagle (AM-132) before becoming USS Captor (PYc-40), SS Evelyn and Carolyn, identical cargo vessels that became USS Asterion (AK-100) and USS Atik (AK-101) respectively, the tanker SS Gulf Dawn, which became USS Big Horn (AO-45), and the schooner Irene Myrtle, which became USS Irene Forsyte (IX-93). The careers of all five ships were almost entirely unsuccessful and very short, with USS Atik sunk on its first patrol; all Q-ships patrols ended in 1943. American Q-ships also operated in the Pacific Ocean. One was USS Anacapa (AG-49) formerly the lumber transport Coos Bay which was converted to Q-ship duty as project "Love William". Anacapa was not successful in engaging any enemy submarines, although she is believed to have damaged two friendly subs with depth charges when they were improperly operating in her vicinity. Anacapa was also withdrawn from Q-ship duty in 1943 and served out the remainder of World War II as an armed transport in the South Pacific and Aleutian Islands.
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