Atlantic Conveyor's Last Voyage
- Taken up from Trade
Containers were stacked along Conveyor's sides to provide aircraft stored on deck with shelter from salty cross-winds. Giant rubber bags were fitted inside these to hold aviation fuel for the embarked aircraft. A makeshift magazine was created forward and filled with tons of cluster bombs and other munitions which could be lifted to flight deck level by a newly-fitted hoist.
A crew of experienced civilian volunteers was assembled to sail her, whilst the military provided aircrew, technicians and medical staff. Life-rafts were attached to Conveyor's superstructure to complement her two lifeboats and a mini-hospital and first aid posts were improvised using equipment ripped out of old ships.
Once the work was complete, men from nearby establishments were turned out to help fill Conveyor's hollow decks with stores needed for the war effort.
Left and top: First aid cabinet and operating table in 'hospital' ripped from old warships.
Right: Life rafts fitted to superstructure where possible and equipment being loaded into Conveyor's storage decks.