As you are probably aware, the US versions were called 'Woolworth Carriers' but were otherwise known as 'Kaiser Coffins'. One hit or other serious mishap such as a fire, collision or grounding and everyone was either toast or rapidly forced to learn how to breathe underwater - think Atlantic Conveyor. Also, those were the days when aircraft were shipped in crates for re-assembly by a few guys with spanners. Modern day aircraft are a tad heavier and more complex with all the structural and infrastructural measures that implies.Greenie said:Just a few words especially about the use of mercantile hulls .
In ww2 one of the finest uses of mercantile build was the Escort Carrier
a flat top installed on a selected hull and also fitted with a hangar and lifts.
With todays array of weaponry and sub hunting capabilities it would possibly form a cheap and effective way of combatting submarines and also provide long range air defence or early warning for surface units .
Don't really agree with Lewis Page but as mentioned he does have a couple of viable points.
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Most critically, the price of any modern warship's hull (steel and air) is relatively insignificant compared to the kit inside or on it, even with all the structural modifications that would be required. That same kit would be necessary whether fitted in a mercantile or a purpose-built hull.