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Category:Forceful (tugboat, 1925)

HMAS Forceful.JPG
Instance of ship
Location Queensland, Australia
  • Royal Australian Navy
Location of final assembly
  • Govan
Authority control
IMO ship number: 5117559

27° 28′ 52.68″ S, 153° 01′ 37.2″ E

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IMO info
Information about the vessel may be found at IMO 5117559.
A ship can change name and flag state through time, but the IMO number remains the same through the hull's entire lifetime. As a result, it can be useful to identify a ship by using the IMO number.


  • Type:
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  • Built by: Alexander Stephen & Sons Ltd of Govan, Glasgow, Scotland
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  • Launch date: 20.11.1925
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  • Length over all: 36.88 m
  • LPP: m
  • Beam: 8.26 m
  • Draught: 4.08 m
  • GRT: 288
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  • Main engine: 1 triple expansion steam engine with 3 cylinders and 2 single ended boilers each with 2 furnaces producing an indicated 1050 HP. Working pressure - 175 psi (1205.75 Kpa)
  • Speed: 13 kn
  • Bunker Capacities: 103 tons of coal and 78 tons of water.
  • Coal Consumption: Approximately 10 tons per day


  • 1926 Named: FORCEFUL for the predecessors of Queensland Tug Company Pty Ltd Flag: Australaia
  • 21.12.1925 Departed Glasgow
  • 07.03.1926 Arrived in Brisbane. Employed mainly in the Brisbane River.
  • 16.02.1942 Commissioned as HMAS FORCEFUL Worked around Fremantle
  • 10.1942 Sailed for Darwin. From October, 1942 to August, 1943, engaged in harbour work around Darwin, towed lighters to Merauke in Dutch New Guinea and, on occasions, acted as a rescue vessel for aircraft and crews returning from bombing missions.
  • 08.1943 Towed a landing ship to Brisbane
  • 11.10.1943 Paid off and returned to her owners.
  • 01.1964 Becoming the last coal-burning tug on the river. With the more efficient diesel engined tugs, Forceful's work gradually decreased, with frequent periods when she was idle.
  • 28.09.1970 Retired from service.
  • 10.06.1971 Handed over to the Queensland Maritime Museum Association and started to be a museum ship. Since that time she has remained a working part of Brisbane's heritage, steamed and maintained by the dedicated members of the Association, purely on a voluntary basis. However, the cost of maintaining her sea-worthiness has become beyond the resources of the Museum and she will be maintained as a floating exhibit at her wharf.