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RCAF Bras D'Or (B 119)
ex-RCAF Bras D'Or (M 413)
ex-PT-3


PT-3 served the U.S. Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force

58' Experimental Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 1 August 1939 as PT-3 by the Fisher Boat Works, Detroit, MI
  • Launched 18 April 1940
  • Completed 20 June 1940
  • Placed in service 24 July 1940 and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron ONE (PTRon 1) for evaluations
  • PTRon 1, under the command of Lt. Earl S. Caldwell, USN, was the first squadron commissioned and originally was made up of experimental boats
  • Transferred 19 April 1942 to the Royal Navy and reclassified HM MTB-273
  • Transfer to the Royal Navy was canceled, transferred instead to the Royal Canadian Air Force and named Bras D'Or (M 413) for use as a High Speed Rescue Launch
  • Reclassified B-119
  • Returned to U.S. custody 10 April 1945
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration 2 May 1946
  • Currently (2012) at Flanigan Brothers Boatyard, Fairton, NJ for restoration.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 25 t.
  • Length 58'
  • Beam 18'
  • Armament: Two torpedoes, two .50 cal. machine guns and two depth charge racks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,350hp Packard gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PT-3
    PT-3 63k . Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    PT-3 99k From the collection of Robert C. Houston Bob Houston
    PT-3 94k LT Robert C. Houston, USN at the helm
    From the collection of Robert C. Houston
    PT-3 115k At the builders
    From the collection of Robert C. Houston
    PT-3 145k Newspaper article on PT-4 and PT-3
    From the collection of Robert C. Houston
    PT-3 42k . .
    PT-9 115k PT-3 and PT-9 during test runs
    PT-3 128k PT-3 and PT-9 during test runs
    From the collection of Robert C. Houston
    Bob Houston
    PT-3 380k LT Houston's "Mosquito Boat" plaque
    From the collection of Robert C. Houston
    PT-3 47k Packard Motors advertisement Keith Brayer
    PT-3 564k .
    PT-3 74k
    PT-3 105k
    PT-3 277k
    PT-3 & PT-4 119k PT-3 and PT-4
    PT-3 232k 15 September 1940
    Showing two torpedo racks with their firing mechanism, a muffled engine exhaust, and smoke generators. The gun tubs carry single 0.50 cal. machine guns
    PT-3, PT-12, PT-10 & PT-9 230k PT-3, PT-12, PT-10 and PT-9 probably in the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, NY
    RCAF Bras D'Or (B 119)
    PT-3 272k Canadian Forces photo Terry Leversedge
    PT-3
    PT-3 411k Has been at Flanigan Brothers Boatyard, Fairton, NJ for over 15 years. The owner has no money to repair her and wants her gone .
    PT-3 478k Sad state of the engineroom
    PT-3 341k April 2012
    Flanigan Brothers Boatyard, Fairton, NJ
    Joe Reese
    PT-3 323k
    PT-3 405k
    PT-3 369k
    PT-3 314k
    PT-3 327k
    PT-3 443k December 2014
    Flanigan Brothers Boatyard, Fairton, NJ
    PT-3 445k
    PT-3 375k
    PT-3 373k
    PT-3 335k

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Robert Cecil Houston, USN - USNA Class of 1934
    Retired as Captain
    1941
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Bob Houston and Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-3
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