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HMRT Aimwell (W-113)

BAT-7 transferred to the Royal Navy for the duration of World War II

Favourite Class Rescue Tug:
  • Laid down, 15 November 1941, as Defoe Hull 195, at Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, MI.
  • Launched, 8 April 1942
  • Delivered to the US Navy and transferred to Great Britain, 6 June 1942, under terms of the Lend Lease Act
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as His Majesty's Rescue Tug HMRT Aimwell (W-113)
  • Returned to US custody, 30 March 1946, at Subic Bay, Philippines
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1946
  • Sold by the Maritime Commission Foreign Liquidation Sale, 6 January 1948, to Moller Ltd.
  • Re-documented, Patricia Moller in 1948
  • Renamed in 1952 Golden Cape, (Moller subsidiary)
  • Sold in 1971, renamed Hawkeye reflagged Philippines, owner unknown
  • Final Disposition, mined and sunk on the Mekong River, 3 February 1975
    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-7 80k HMRT Aimwell (W-113) underway circa 1942, probably in the Great Lakes around the time of her delivery in June 1942.
    US Navy photo # none, Cleveland Diesel (G.M.) brochure, loose pages held by the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (CUP, L-file)

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