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HMRT Oriana (W-117)

BAT-1 transferred to the Royal Navy for the duration of World War II

Favourite Class Rescue Tug:
  • Laid down, 16 March 1942, as Gulfport Hull 203, at Gulfport Boiler & Welding Works, Port Arthur, TX.
  • Launched, 15 August 1942
  • Delivered to the US Navy and transferred to Great Britain, 22 December 1942, under terms of the Lend Lease Act
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as His Majesty's Rescue Tug HMRT Oriana (W-117)
  • Returned to US custody, 13 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1946
  • Disposed of the Maritime Commission Foreign Liquidation Sale in 1946 to Bosey, Philippines
  • Resold by Bosey in 1946 to T. Y. Fong, reflagged Republic of China, renamed Ocean Pride
  • Sold in 1947, renamed Pan America in 1947, owner and flag unknown
  • Sold in 1956, renamed Zeeland, purchased by NV Bureau Wijsmuller, reflagged Netherlands,
  • Sold in 1964, renamed Ras Adar, reflagged Tunisia, owner unknown
  • Deleted circa 1992
    Displacement 835 t.(fl)
    Length 143'
    Beam 33' 10" (extreme)
    Draft 13' 2" (limiting)
    Speed 13 kts. (trial)
    5 Officers
    40 Enlisted
    Largest Boom Capacity 4 t.
    one 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    two 20mm single gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 1300 Bbls
    one General Motors Diesel-electric model 12-278A
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gear
    Ship's Service Generators
    one Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 30Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 1,500shp

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    HMRT Oriana (W-117)
    BAT-1 237k HMRT Oriana (W-117) under way during builders trials, note American flag flying. A name board has been mounted just aft of the small bridge wing under the port holes. Armament of a single 3/50 cal gun forward and two 20mm single mounts with shields aft of the bridge. No radar. She has the extended boat deck (01 level) house for additional officer quarters and offices. Jim Swank
    BAT-1 71k HMRT Oriana (W-117) probably photographed around the time of her delivery in December 1942. She may be carrying two .50 caliber close-in AA guns aft of the pilot house.
    Cleveland Diesel (G.M.) brochure, loose pages held by the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (CUP, L-file), Photo # None, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    BAT-1 106k Aerial view of HMRT Oriana (W-117) under way, post 1943.
    Royal Navy Photo # FL 1558 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums.
    Robert Hurst
    Ras Adar
    BAT-1 75k Ex-HMRT Oriana (W-117) in Tunisian navy service as Ras Adar under way, circa 1970, location unknown.
    Official Tunisian navy photo.
    Robert Hurst

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