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HMRT Bold (W-114)

BAT-8 transferred to the Royal Navy for the duration of World War II

Favourite Class Rescue Tug:
  • Laid down, 21 November 1941, as Defoe Hull 196, at Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, MI.
  • Launched, 21 May 1942
  • Delivered to the US Navy and transferred to Great Britain, 29 June 1942, under terms of the Lend Lease Act
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as His Majesty's Rescue Tug HMRT Bold (W-114)
  • Returned to US custody in June 1946, at Subic Bay, Philippines
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 July 1947
  • Sold by the Maritime Commission Foreign Liquidation Sale, 13 February 1948, to Bosey, Philippines
  • Resold by Bosey, date unknown, to T. Y. Fong,
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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 102k HMRT Bold (W-114) underway circa 1942, probably in the Great Lakes around the time of her delivery in June 1942. Note She either has no close-in anti-aircraft armament or is carrying aft of the pilot house two .50 caliber machine guns, the predecessor in the U.S. Navy to the 20mm Oerlikon.
    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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