Bertram-class air-sea rescue boat

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Class overview
Name: Bertram
Builders: Bertram Boat Company, USA
Operators:  Royal Australian Navy
Cost: $138,356 each
Built: 1966
In service: 1967 to 1988
Completed: 2
Active: 0
Retired: 2
General characteristics
Type: Air-sea rescue (planned)
Harbour personnel carriers
Displacement: 12 tons full load
Length: 38 ft (12 m)
Beam: 12 ft (3.7 m)
Propulsion: Diesel, 2 GM 8V53 motors, 500 brake horsepower (370 kW)
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)
Range: 200 nautical miles (370 km; 230 mi)
Complement: 2

The Bertram class was a two-ship class of air-sea rescue vessels of the Royal Australian Navy. Purchased to replace the old World War II class of 63-foot air-sea rescue vessel, they were found to be unsuitable for the proposed role.[1] The vessels were subsequently employed as harbour personnel carriers and based at HMAS Waterhen. The vessels were disposed of in 1988.


  • 38101, launched in 1966 and in service in 1967
  • 38102, launched in 1966 and in service in 1967


  1. ^ Gillett 1986, p. 61.


  • Gillett, Ross (1986). Australia's armed forces of the eighties. Brookvale: Child & Henry. ISBN 0867770813.