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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)
    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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    BAT-6 29k 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. Robert Hurst

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