From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


Bolinas is a bay in California.

(CVE-36: dp. 8333; l. 492'; b. 111'6"; dr. 26'; s. 17 k.; cpl. 890; a. 2 5"; cl. Prince William)

Bolinas (CVE-36) was launched 11 November 1942 by Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp., Tacoma, Wash.; sponsored by Mrs. G. B. Sherwood, wife of Commander Sherwood; and commissioned 22 July 1943, Captain H. L. Meadow in command.

On 2 August 1943 after being decommissioned Bolinas was transferred to the United Kingdom under Lend-Lease and renamed HMS Begum. Begum served with the British Navy during World War II and after her return was declared surplus by the U. S. Navy. She was sold by the Navy 16 April 1947.