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HMRT Destiny (W-115)

BAT-9 transferred to the Royal Navy for the duration of World War II

Favourite Class Rescue Tug:
  • Laid down, 10 April 1942, as Defoe Hull 197, at Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, MI.
  • Launched, 1 July 1942
  • Delivered to the US Navy and transferred to Great Britain, 30 July 1942, under terms of the Lend Lease Act
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as His Majesty's Rescue Tug HMRT Destiny (W-115)
  • Returned to US custody, 13 June 1946, at Subic Bay, Philippines
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1946
  • Sold by the Maritime Commission Foreign Liquidation Sale, 6 January 1948, to Moller Ltd.
  • Re-documented Frosty Moller in 1948
  • Renamed Christine Moller in 1950
  • Sold in 1951 to a Dutch owner, reflagged Netherlands, renamed Oceanus
  • Sold in 1953, renamed Gee Zee in 1953
  • Sold in 1963, to Greek owners, reflagged Panama, renamed Atlas
  • Renamed Atlas II in 1976
  • 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-9 180k HMRT Destiny (W-115) undergoing an inclining experiment at New York Navy Yard, 27 October 1942. USS Plunkett (DD-431) is in the background.
    US National Archives Photo, RG-19 textual files, Item S-22a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    BAT-9 17k HMRT Destiny (W-115) under way, date and location unknown.
    Royal Navy photo
    Courtesy John Wilson via
    BAT-9 73k HMRT Destiny (W-115) As seen from the Gold Beach landing command vessel HMS Bulolo Destiny, along with other waiting supply ships, are riding out a storm at the Arromanches Anchorage off the Normandy beachhead, 20June 1944. Bulolo, a converted passenger and cargo ship, had to move to this anchorage after receiving incoming fire from the German battery at Longues-sur-Mer when she was anchored nearer to the landing beach.
    Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official Collection, by Hampton, J.A (Lt), Photo No. IWM (A 24397).
    Mike Green
    BAT-9 77k HMRT Destiny (W-115) tied to a mooring buoy, location unknown. Note ship's boat alongside.
    Photo by Royal Navy official photographer. Photo # FL 10663 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums.
    Robert Hurst

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