News EventSaturday, August 7, 1948 @ 1500
|U.S.S. SICILY (1946-1960 Commencement Bay-class escort aircraft carrier 557 feet 170m of United States Navy : 1960 scrapped)||
U. S Navy aircraft carrier U.S.S. SICILY arrives at King George V Dock, Glasgow
Contributed by James Knox (Glasgow)
The sombre grey surroundings of King George V Dock, Glasgow
were seriously brightened by the colourful red, white and blue
stars and stripes flag worn by the United States Navy Escort
Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. SICILY when she arrived at 3pm today.
The carrier had been towed from Greenock by four tugs of
Steel & Bennie Ltd. of Glasgow, tugs WARRIOR and
STRONGBOW at the bow and tugs BRIGADIER and FORAGER
at the stern. It was quite fitting that the tugs, whose names
have military connotations, were used to handle the vessel, and
U.S.S. SICILY is said to be the first U.S. carrier to visit Glasgow
since the end of the Second World War in 1945.
It is quite gratifying to report that at Greenock and Port
Glasgow and on both banks of the Clyde, spectators and
shipyard workers waved their hands and raised their hats
to welcome the ship and its sailors and some vessels dipped
their flags to salute the warship as she passed. It was said
that at Renfrew Ferry a lady with a pram lifted her baby
and waved its hand.
U.S.S. SICILY was made fast at berth 10 and was met
by senior Military Officers and U.S. Diplomatic Officials.
The warship was bringing 60 F-80 Shooting Star jet-propelled
fighter aircraft and a large group of pilots and ground crew.
The fighters will be unloaded and towed along King’s Inch
Road to the nearby Renfrew Airport (now known as Glasgow
Airport) where they will be fully fitted and serviced by their
ground crew and then flown to a U.S. Air Base in Germany.
A number of other freighters will bring crated aircraft, stores
and spare parts.
The pilots and ground crew will be billeted at the R.A.F.
Reserve Centre at Bishopbriggs near Glasgow and will be
taken to and from Renfrew Airport by a fleet of buses.