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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)
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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||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)
||HMRT Tancred up to the North Arm on the Port River, Port Adelaide, circa 1944-47.
RAN Archives, Navy Heritage Collection image # 04326
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