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HMRT Weazel (W-120)

BAT-14 transferred to the Royal Navy in 1943 for the duration of World War II

Favourite Class Rescue Tug:
  • Laid down, 30 October 1942, as Gulfport Hull 208, at Gulfport Boiler & Welding Works, Port Arthur, TX.
  • Launched, 21 February 1943
  • Delivered to the US Navy, 9 April 1943
  • Transferred to Great Britain, 10 April 1943, under terms of the Lend Lease Act.
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as His Majesty's Rescue Tug HMRT Weazel (W-120)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
  • Sold by the Maritime Commission Foreign Liquidation Sales 17 September 1946 to Bosey, Philippines
  • Resold by Bosey to Chinese owner, reflagged Republic of China, renamed Ming 106, later Ming 306
  • Final Disposition, deleted in 1953 (possibly lost in 1949)
    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-14 70k HMRT Weazel (W-120) underway probably in the Great Lakes around the time of her delivery in April 1943.
    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-14 69k HMRT Weazel (W-120) underway, date and location unknown.
    Gulfport Shipyard photo.
    Jim Swank

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