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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
  • Merchant Service
    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
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 47
    Fuel Capacity
    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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    ATR-1-class Rescue Tug Illustration by Vern Bouwman
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