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HMRT Aspirant (W-134)
ATR-42 was turned over to the United Kingdom under the Lend-lease Act, named HMS Aspirant (W-134)
ATR-1 Class Rescue Tug:
Planned as AT-120
Laid down in late 1942 as ATR-42 at Levingston Shipbuilding Co., Orange, TX.
Launched in early 1943
Redesignated BATR-42 in 1943
BATR-42 never saw active service with the US Navy
Transferred to the United Kingdom, 3 May 1943
Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HMRT Aspirant (W-134)
Aspirant saw duty in the Mediterranean during World War II
Returned to US Naval custody, 20 March 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1946
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 18 November 1946, for disposal
Sold in 1947 to Moran Towing and Transportation Co., New York, renamed Aspirant
Sold in 1948 to Office d’Exploitation des Trasnports Coloniaux (Otraco), Matadi, renamed Vivi re-flagged Democratic Republic of the Congo
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 852 t.(lt) 1,315 t.(fl)
Length 165' 6"
Beam 33' 4"
Draft 15' 6"
Speed 12.2 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 4 t.
one 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
two single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 1,620 Bbls
one Fulton Iron Works vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
two Babcock and Wilcox "D"-type boilers, 200psi, Sat
two Turbo drive Ships Service Generators, 60kw 120V D.C.
single propeller, 1,600shp
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Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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ATR-1-class Rescue Tug Illustration by Vern Bouwman
Last Updated 8 July 2016
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