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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive

HM MTB-259
ex-PT-10


PT-10 served the Navies of the United States and Great Britian.

70' Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 26 February 1940 as PT-10 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 20 August 1940
  • Completed 4 November 1940
  • Placed in service 7 November 1940 and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWO (MTBRon 2) under the command of Lt. Comdr. Earl S. Caldwell, USN
  • MTBRon 2 tested the first 70' Elco boats in Florida and Caribbean waters in the winter of 1940/41. In December 1941, with 11 new 77' Elco boats, the squadron was assigned to the Panama Sea Frontier
  • Transferred to the Royal Navy 11 April 1941 and placed in service as HM MTB-259 under the command of Lt. R. A. Allan, RNVR and assigned to the 10th MTB Squardon
  • Lost 14 June 1942 during towing operation between Alexandria, Egypt and Malta.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 40 t.
  • Length 70'
  • Beam 19' 11"
  • Draft 4' 6"
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 15
  • Armament: Two twin .50 cal. Browning M2 machine guns in Dewandre turrets and four 18" torpedoes (MTB-259 added two .303 cal. twin Mk1 Lewis machine guns, one 20mm mount and two depth charges in addition to
    replacing the 18" torpedoes with two 21" torpedoes)
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard V12 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PT-10 106k . .
    PT-10 184k PT-17, PT-10, PT-11 and the other boats of MTBRon 2
    PT-10 112k Same as above photo from the 1940s Hi-Speed Victory Club War Album Series presented by Hi-Speed Gas Stations Tommy Trampp
    PT-10 88k On sea trials with the Secretary of the Navy on board
    Photo from "Allied Coastal Forces of World War II: Vol 2" by John Lambert and Al Ross
    Robert Hurst
    PT-10 57k Photo from "Allied Coastal Forces of World War II: Vol 2" by John Lambert and Al Ross
    PT-10 109k Library of Congress photo LC-USE6- D-009127 Mike Green
    PT-10 138k c. 1940
    New York harbor
    Library of Congress photo LC-USE6-D-009123
    PT-10 115k Same as above photo from the 1940s Hi-Speed Victory Club War Album Series presented by Hi-Speed Gas Stations Tommy Trampp
    PT-10 86k c. 1941
    Packard engine advertisement
    PT-10 78k c. 1942
    Penn Controls advertisement
    PT-10 60k c. 1942
    From W.S., N.Y.C.
    PT-10 75k
    PT-10 88k c. 1942
    Tyson heavy-duty bearing and precision parts advertisement
    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 Keith Brayer

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-10
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