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HMAS Sprightly (W-103)
HMRT Sprightly (W-103)
BAT-12 transferred to the Royal Navy in 1942, transferred to Australia in 1944
Favourite Class Rescue Tug:
Laid down, 17 June 1942, as Levingston Hull 249, at Levingston Shipbuilding Co., Orange, TX.
Launched, 7 August 1942
Delivered to the US Navy and transferred to Great Britain, 23 November 1942, under terms of the Lend Lease Act.
Commissioned into the Royal Navy as His Majesty's Rescue Tug HMRT Sprightly (W-103)
Transferred to the Commonwealth of Australia Salvage Board, 23 February 1944
Commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy as HMAS Sprightly (W-103)
Returned to US custody, 2 September 1945, simultaneously Lend Lease to Australia
Paid off by Australia (decommissioned) 23 February 1946
Returned to US custody, 2 August 1948
Sold by the Maritime Commission Foreign Liquidation Sales, 2 August 1948, to Australia
Recommissioned by Australia, 23 November 1952
Paid off by Australia, 31 March 1958
Leased commercial, 1961-3
Sold by the Royal Australian Navy, 29 August 1969
Placed in service as the Oceanographic Research Ship Sprightly in 1973
Final Disposition, scrapped in 1992
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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||HMAS Sprightly (W-103) under way in November 1956, location unknown.
Photo for the collection of Graeme Andrews, RAN 1955-1968, RANR 1980.
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