A small tugboat saving a large craneT his boat was built in the Split shipyard for the navy, as a tugboat. It was used for tugging, helping and rescuing activities at the sea.  It helped both the navy and other boats - the merchant and passenger fleets, independently or in collaboration with Brodospas (Split company engaged in sea rescue). Back in the day, Pipi Mali also tugged Veli Jože - the largest crane on the Mediterranean.

When everyone else flees from bad weather, it leaves the port to helpP ipi Mali was intended for putting out fire at the sea - on boats and islands. It was able to put out fire one hundred meters away from the boat or to launch the fire hoses up to 500 meters into the mainland. Pipi Mali took part in putting out the fire on the island of Korčula  in 1968, on Lastovo in 1972 and in the Šibenik Canal in 1969. It has put out the fire in the Split hall were boats are cut and taken apart on several occasions. Such actions caused it to win as many as six naval plaques for the best boat in the navy. People used to say that when everyone else is fleeing from bad weather, this boat is leaving the port to help. The devoted crew consisted of the captain, six petty officers and nineteen sailors or recruits.

It was born a steamboatT he vessel was originally driven by steam, and the steam fire-tube boiler was run by fuel oil (mazut). In 1971 it was turned into an engine driven vessel, motorman of 1500 HP, with two electric generators and 300 tonnes of pumps intended for putting out fires and deflation.

Giving birth on boardP ipi Mali set out towards Lastovo to help pregnant women, when there was no other option due to bad weather, for as many as three times. Lastovo is the farthest inhabited Dalmatian island on which babies occasionally hurry in getting into this world, not letting their mums get to the hospital, so they are born on the boat. Who else can boast of having a crew younger than our Pipi Mali?