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HMRT Favourite (W-119)
Caddo (ATA-128)

BAT-3 transferred to the Royal Navy for the duration of World War II

Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug / Favourite Class British Rescue Tug:
  • Planned and approved as Auxiliary Fleet Tug ATA-128
  • Named Caddo, 9 March 1942
  • Redesignated BAT-3, 15 April 1942, destined for lend-lease to Great Britain
  • Laid down, 25 October 1941, at Levingston Shipbuilding Co., Orange, TX.
  • Launched, 17 February 1942
  • Delivered to the US Navy and transferred to Great Britain, 15 June 1942
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HMRT Favourite (W-119)
  • Returned to US custody, 27 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 21 May 1946
  • Sold by the Maritime Commission, 18 October 1946, for merchant service to Moran Towing Co., New York, renamed Susan A. Moran, later in 1946 renamed Eugene F. Moran
  • Sold to foreign buyers in 1947, renamed Monsanto reflagged Portugal, renamed Monte Branco in 1975
  • Final Disposition, deleted from the Lloyds Shipping Register in 1993, scrapped at Setubal, Portugal
    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
    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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    HMRT Favourite (W-119)
    ATA-128 202k HMRT Favourite (W-119) underway, date and location unknown.
    Photo from "The Design and Construction of British Warships 1939-1945" Vol. 3, by D. K. Brown, RCNC, Conway Maritime Press.
    Robert Hurst
    Merchant Service
    ATA-128 292k Ex-HMRT Favourite (W-119) (ex-Caddo (ATA-128)) in commercial service as the tug Monte Branco at Setubal, Portugal, 23 June 1981.
    Photos by Capt. Jan Melchers
    Joe Haver
    ATA-128 178k

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