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Tancred de Hauteville (10787-1112)—a Norman hero —joined the first Crusade (1096-1099) and distinguished himself as a military leader during the capture of Nicaea and Tarsus, the siege of Antioch, the capture of Jerusalem, and the Battle of Ascalon. Subsequently becoming Prince of Galilee and, later, of Edessa, Tan-cred's valorous deeds are recounted in Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered.




(BAT-13: dp. 763; 1. 143'0"; b. 33' 0"; dr. 17'0"; s. 14 k.; cpl. 34; a. 1 3", 4 20mm; cl. Oriana)


Tancred (BAT-13) was laid down on 3 September 1942 at Port Arthur, Tex., by the Gulfport Boiler and Welding Works; launched on 1 January 1943; and delivered to the United Kingdom under lend-lease on 18 February 1943.


Tancred, given the pennant number of W-104 in the Royal Navy, departed Port Arthur, Tex., on 8 March for service in the North Atlantic. After six months under the White Ensign, the tug was transferred to Australia on 2 September 1944, and she served the Royal Australian Navy for one year before she was returned to the custody of the United States Navy on 2 September 1945. Retransferred the same day back to the Australians, Tancred served "down under" until 2 August 1948, when she was again returned to the custody of the United States.


Sold—via the Office of the Foreign Liquidation Commission—to Australia on 5 August, Tancred's name was struck from the Navy list on 23 March 1949.


Beginning a career with the Australian Salvage Board in 1949, Tancred subsqeuently served under the aegis of the Department of Marine and Harbours, South Australia. Based at Port Adelaide, Australia, the salvage tug still served in this role, as of 1979, with that department.