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 HMRT ATTENTIF W68

Some of the information and all of the photographs on this page have very kindly been supplied by Simon Matthews, whose grandfather was a signalman on HMRT Attentif during WW2, unless otherwise credited.
 

 Photog unknown IWM photo
 
 
Photog unknown. IWM photo.
 
French Naval Tug.
 
 Built 1938 Forges et Chantiers de la Gironde,  Bordeaux. Actif class tug. L114.75’. B27.75’.  672grt. 1000ihp 3cylTE steam engine.
 Armament 1x20mm AA, 2xMG. Complement 20 - 22 crew.
 
1938 Delivered to French Navy. 18-6-1940 Departed  from St Malo to Plymouth, along with French tug Champion, both carrying French refugees,  prior to seizure of port by German forces. 19-6-1940 Arrived Plymouth.
3-7-1940 Seized and Req by RN. 9-1940  Based Devonport. 10-1940 Based at  Aberdeen.  1-1941 Based at Milford Haven.  2-1941 - 31-7-1942 Based Aberdeen. [Tender to HMS Bachante] 1941 Assistance to SS Dalmore [5193/27 ON149428 United S N Co, Newcastle] on fire. 17-5-1941 Aided in rescue of crew and troops from  SS Archangel [2448/10 London and North Eastern Railway Co, Harwich (ex St Petersburg)] sunk by aircraft bomb 57.55N 22.03W. .  3-1942 Assistance to SS Saltwick { 3775/29 ON161014 Rowland and Marwood, Whitby]. Saltwick had dragged ashore 23-1-1942 off Peterhead with a cargo of coal following collision in bad conditions with SS Runswick. .  1942 Towed bomb damaged minesweeping trawler  Lord Ashfield  [346/29] ex Peterhead to Aberdeen.  1-8-1942 - 1944 Based at  Harwich. [Tender to HMS Badger ]. 27-8-1942 Rescue of crew from ditched Wellington bomber in North Sea. 5-1944 - 1945 Based Portsmouth. 6-1944 Under COTUG control allocated to SNO Portland to tow Bombardons.  6-1944 Towed 30ton crane 1206 Cardiff to Plymouth.
 5-6-1945 Released from Overlord tug pool.  7-8-1945 Returned to French Navy, pennant A671. 1946-7 Renamed Locmine. 6-3-1964 Laid up at Brest.
 
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HMRT Attentif in Peterhead Bay 1941.
 
 
HMRT Attentif in Peterhead Bay 1941
 
HMRT Attentif in Peterhead  Bay
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tugs operating off Aberdeen 1942
 
 
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