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HMS Justice (W-140) (1943 - 1946)
BATR-20 was turned over to the United Kingdom under the Lend-lease Act, named HMS Justice (W-140)
ATR-1 Class Rescue Tug
Laid down, 20 January 1943, at Camden Ship Building & Marine Railway Co., Camden, ME.
Launched, 18 October 1943
Transferred to the United Kingdom under terms of the Lend-lease Act, 24 April 1944
Commissioned HMS Justice (W-140), at Boston, MA., 24 April 1944, LT. J. S. Allison, RNR, in command
Reported to have served at Normandy landings
Returned to US Naval custody, 20 March 1946, name withdrawn, reverted to BATR-20
Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
Sold 3 October 1947, to Leopoldo Simoncini, Buenos Aires, renamed St. Christopher, re-flagged Costa Rica
Chartered in 1953 to Salvamar (Leopoldo Simoncini), Buenos Aires for salvage operations in Beagle Channel on the sunken Monte Cervantes (wrecked in 1930), in conjunction with Argentine Navy vessels Chiriguanos, Guaraní and Sanavirón
Suffered engine trouble and rudder damage in 1954, grounded in Beagle Canal
Ashore and abandoned in 1957
Remaining fuel oil removed in 2004
Current Disposition, abandoned at Bahia Ushuaia, Argentina
Displacement 852 t.(lt) 1,315 t.(lim)
Length 165' 5"
Beam 33' 4"
Draft 15' 10" (lim)
Speed 12.2 kts.
one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
two single 20mm AA gun mounts
Largest Boom Capacity 4 Tons
Fuel Oil Capacity, 1,620 Bbls.
one vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
two Babcock & Wilcox D-type boilers, 250psi, ° Sat.
three Turbo Ships' Service Generators, 60Kw, 120V D.C.
single screw, 1,600shp
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||ex-BATR-20 as the Salvamar salvage company tug St. Christopher aground in the Beagle Channel, Argentina, circa 1953.
||Courtesy Historia y Arqueologia Marítima web site
||St. Christopher moored at Bahia Ushuaia, Argentina, circa 2008.
©Lodewijk Westerbeek van Eerten
|Courtesy, Archives of Hans van der Ster
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