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HMAS Tancred
HMRT Tancred


BAT-13 transferred to the Royal Navy in 1943 and turned over to Australia

Favourite Class Rescue Tug:
  • Laid down, 2 September 1942, as Gulfport Hull 207, at Gulfport Boiler & Welding Works, Port Arthur, TX.
  • Launched, 1 January 1943
  • Delivered to the US Navy and transferred to Great Britain, 18 February 1943, under terms of the Lend Lease Act.
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as His Majesty's Rescue Tug HMRT Tancred and transferred to the Commonwealth of Australia Salvage Board
  • Commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy as HMAS Tencred
  • 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
  • Paid off by Australia, date unknown
  • Leased commercial, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1998
    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-13 86k HMRT Tancred underway probably in the Great Lakes around the time of her delivery in February 1943. Note she is carrying the standard close-in AA armament for this class of two 20mm guns.
    US Navy photo # none, Cleveland Diesel (G.M.) brochure, loose pages held by the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (CUP, L-file)
    BAT-13 342k HMRT Tancred up to the North Arm on the Port River, Port Adelaide, circa 1944-47.
    RAN Archives, Navy Heritage Collection image # 04326
    Robert Hurst

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