Built at Gravelle in France as the S.S. Jean Bart, this tug saw service in the waters of that country until purchased by Howard Smith Australian Steamships in 1902. Sold to the RAN in 1917 and renamed Alacrity, she was not commissioned but was manned by civilian personnel and the Royal Australian Naval Brigade. She served as a patrol vessel and minesweeper in the Fremantle, Western Australia area until paid off in July 1918. She continued to operate in private hands and was finally scrapped in 1929.
Class: patrol vessel/auxiliary mine sweeper Launched: 1893 Commissioned: not applicable Complement: pending further research Length: 145 feet 6 inches [44.34m] Beam: 27 feet [8.22m] Draught: pending further research Displacement: 353 tons gross Speed: pending further research Armament: nil Armour: not applicable
- RAN: Nil
For more information please see Honours and Awards database
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