SAS Walvisbaai

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Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Packington (M1214)
Namesake: Packington
Builder: Harland and Wolff, Belfast
Launched: 3 July 1958
Completed: 21 May 1959
Fate: Sold to the South African Navy before commissioning
Career (South Africa)
Name: SAS Walvisbaai
Namesake: Walvis Bay
Acquired: 20 September 1959
Decommissioned: March 2001
Fate: Sold to the Walt Disney Co., 2003
General characteristics
Class and type: Ton-class minesweeper
Displacement: 440 tons
Length: 153 ft
Beam: 28.9 ft
Draught: 8.2 ft
Propulsion: 2 x Paxman Deltic 18A-7A diesel engines @ 3,000 bhp (2,200 kW)
Speed: Cruise 13 knots (24 km/h) on one engine. Max 16 knots (30 km/h) on both
Range: 2,500 nautical miles (4,600 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)
Complement: 32 men
Armament: 1 x Bofors 40mm gun

HMS Packington (M1214) was a Ton-class minesweeper built by Harland & Wolff. On 20 September 1959 she was sold to the South African Navy and renamed the SAS Walvisbaai. She was retired in March 2001 and sold to the Walt Disney Company in 2003 to be used as the R/V Belafonte in the Wes Anderson film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Recently she was sold to a private owner for $350,000.00.[1] As of 2006 she was laid up in Dubai for conversion into a yacht.[2] By 2012 she had been converted to a Panamanian-flagged yacht named Mojo.[3]


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