HMS Bruiser
Ship Number
1154
Vessel Type
Landing Ship Tank
Built
Belfast
Yard
Musgrave Yard
Slip Number
14
Launch Date
October 24, 1943
Launched By
Mrs M J Watkins
Delivered
April 2, 1943
Owner
Admiralty
Weight
5596 grt
BP Length
375-4 feet
Breadth
48-11 feet
No. of Screws
Twin
Speed (approx)
Propulsion
Parsons Single Reduction Geared Turbines
Official No.
Registered
Fate
Scrapped
 HMS Bruiser

[HMS Bruiser at Malta]

Pennant No. F127
 
The Boxer Class LST(1) of which three were built by Harland & Wolff in Belfast; HMS Boxer, HMS Bruizer and HMS Thruster. They were the first purpose-built Tank Landing Ships as distinct from Tank Landing Craft.
 
The funnel was offset to the starboard side to provide clear deck and could carry 13 at 30t tanks, 27 at 3t lorries and 193 troops
 
Bruiser, which also served as a Fighter Direction Ship, was subsequently sold into the merchant service and became the SS Silver Star.
 
Converted to a Fighter Direction Ship in 1944, she was purchased by the Royal Netherland Navy in 1947 and commissioned July 1948 as  RnethN 'Pelikaan Pennant A830, as a Stores and Accommodation Ship at Den Helder.
 
Scrapped Bilbao 1973.