Forceful (tugboat)

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ex-HMAS Forceful docked at the Queensland Maritime Museum in 2008
Forceful docked at the Queensland Maritime Museum in 2008
Career (Australia) Brisbane
Builder: Alexander Stephen & Sons Ltd, Govan, Scotland
Launched: 20 November 1925
Commissioned: 16 February 1942
Decommissioned: 11 October 1943
In service: 7 March 1926
Out of service: 28 September 1970
Status: Museum ship at the Queensland Maritime Museum since 10 June 1971
Notes: Currently awaiting refit in order to return to sevice
General characteristics
Displacement: 288 gross tons
Length: 36.88 metres (121.0 ft)
Beam: 8.26 metres (27.1 ft)
Draught: 4.08 metres (13.4 ft)
Propulsion: One triple expansion steam engine with three cylinders and two single ended boilers each with 2 furnaces producing an indicated 1050 HP
Speed: 13 knots (24 km/h)
Armament: One Oerlikon 20 mm cannon, one Vickers machine gun (RAN service only)

Forceful was an ocean-going tugboat built for the Queensland Tug Company. Forceful was built by Alexander Stephen & Sons Ltd in Govan, Scotland. She arrived at her homeport of Brisbane, Queensland on 7 March 1926. While she spent most of her career operating along the coast of Queensland, she was commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy during most of 1942 and 1943 as HMAS Forceful.

During her war service she was based at Darwin and operated mainly in northern Australian waters.

Forceful was retired from service in September 1970 and was handed over to the Queensland Maritime Museum in Brisbane on 10 June 1971. She has been maintained in operating condition and made frequent trips along the Brisbane River and Moreton Bay until 2006 when a hull survey put a halt to her career.She now needs an extensive hull repair to continue to sail, and has been confined to her berth until the repairs can be made. Lack of funding is an issue at this time as the repairs are expected to cost into the hundreds of thousands. There is also the possibility of Forceful being scrapped if the funds cannot be raised for her preservation. Measures are being made by the Queensland Maritime Museum and a group of Forceful's crewmembers called "Friends of Forceful" to secure the vessels future. Despite this, funding is hard to come by and Forceful ever steaming again will more than likely be many years away if at all.