HMS Nabob was built by Seattle-Tacoma of Tacoma Washington and started her life as USS EDISTO (ACV/ACG/CVE-41). She was a merchant vessel turned escort carrier and was acquired by the British through Lend-Lease on Sept 7, 1943. Renamed and commissioned as HMS NABOB (D77) by the Royal Navy , she was immediately handed over to the Royal Canadian Navy who in turn manned and serviced the ship.
Nabob participated in Operation Goodwood, the mass attack on the German battleship Tirpitz by a three British fleet carriers, a battleship, three cruisers, and numerous support ships. During this operation on August 22, 1944, Nabob and one of her escorts, HMS Bickerton, were torpedoed by U-354 without any warning. Nabob remained afloat, pressed on to Scapa Flow, Scotland at 10 knots in rough seas and arrived safely at her base. Deemed too costly for economical repair, she was paid off paid off on September 30, 1944. Just prior to the war's conclusion, Nabob was returned to United States custody on 16 March 1945. She was was sold on 26 October 1946 and became the mercantile ship Nabob in 1948 and Glory in 1967. She was scrapped in 1977.
Nabob is badly damaged but not sinking. The torpedo had ripped a fifty foot hole below her waterline, starboard side aft. Her stern quickly sank fifteen feet. Power went off the board. The electric engine room fans stopped. Temperature soared to 150 degrees and main engines had to be shut down. The ship wallowed, a sitting duck. Eight minutes later, HMS Bickerton, the senior officer on the screen, was hit. (Photo supplied by Jon Barillari)
One of Algonquin's sea boats is assisting in the rescue. (Photo supplied by Jon Barillari)
HMCS Algonquin (background, center) and HMS Trumpeter (background, left) are standing by to pick up survivors from the Nabob. During the rescue, Algonquin took 205 men off the carrier to lighten the ship as well as a lot of valuable food stuffs. Two weeks later, Algonquin rendezvoused with the destroyer HMS Zest in the Faeroe Islands. Here the men were transferred from Algonquin but during that time they endured a gale as well as no food other than hardtack. (News clip supplied by Jon Barillari)
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