HMCS Magnificent was borrowed from the RN as a replacement for HMCS Warrior, aftr she was deemed unsuitable for operations in the North Atlantic because of her small size. The larger majestic Class magnificent was built by hartland and Wolff, and was laid down on December 12th 1942. She was launched on May 20th, 1944; was commissioned on March 14, 1946, and was handed over to the RCN in Halifax on April 7th, 1948.
She participated in seemingly endless training exercises, travelling the world and showing the Canadian Flag. During the Middle Eastern crisis in 1956 she arrived in Port Said, Egypt, with a deck load of vehicles and Army personnel as Canada's contribution to the presence there. In 1957 Magnificent was begining to show her age, and in a smart move by the canadian Government, she was given back to the Royal Navy in exchange for the first (and only) carrier ever to be bought by the RCN, HMCS Bonaventure. After returning to the RN, Magnificent was placed in Reserve, and later sold for scrap in Faslane, Scotland in July 1965. 
Commanding Officers
Commodore Harry G, DeWolfe, CBE,DSO,DSC
Apr 1948 - Aug 1948

Commodore Gus R. Miles, OBE
Aug 1948 - Jun 1949

Commander A. Gus Boulton, DSC
Jun 1949 - Sep 1949

Commodore Ken F. Adams
Sep 1949 - Oct 1951

Captain Kenneth L. Dyer,DSC, CD
Oct 1951 - Mar 1953

Commodore Herbert S. Rayner, DSC and BAR, CD
Mar 1953 - Jan 1955

Captain A.H.G. Storrs, DSC and BAR, CD
Jan 1955 - Aug 1956

Captain A.B. Fraser Fraser Harris, DSC and Bar, CD
Aug 1956 - Jun 1957

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Maggies Birds
Maggie's Birds
Accidents were common on the "Maggie", I am told and these 4 shots courtesy of Art Lampert show just how hairy it could get working on a small flight deck in the middle of the ocean, never knowing what was going to happen next.
Mr Rick kent from Fauconberg Graphics And Evan Boudreau have put together these excellant detailed profile drawings.
By Chris Murphy
Source:  Canadian carriers Web site
Eric Edgar sent this photo
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Photo's from Ron Beard's collection
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