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HMRT Masterful (W-20)
BAT-6 transferred to the Royal Navy for the duration of World War II
Favourite Class Rescue Tug:
Laid down, 30 March 1942, as Levingston Hull 220, at Levingston Shipbuilding Co., Orange, TX.
Launched, 5 June 1942
Delivered to the US Navy and transferred to Great Britain, 28 August 1942, under terms of the Lend Lease Act
Commissioned into the Royal Navy as His Majesty's Rescue Tug HMRT Masterful (W-20)
Returned to US custody, 11 March 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 13 November 1946
Sold by the Maritime Commission in November 1947, to Moran Towing Corp., New York
Re-documented, Eugenia M. Moran in 1948
Sold in 1960, renamed Comanche, owner unknown
Final Disposition, sunk in Vietnam, 16 April 1973
Displacement 835 t.(fl)
Beam 33' 10" (extreme)
Draft 13' 2" (limiting)
Speed 13 kts. (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 4 t.
one 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
two 20mm single gun mounts
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 Masterful (W-20) underway on the Neches River in 1943 after departing the Livingston Shipyard, Orange, Texas. She has just passed under the Rainbow Bridge between Orange and Port Arthur, Texas. Note the Stars and Stripes topping the Union Flag.
Photo from H C Williams web site.
Last Updated 4 October 2014
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