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HM MTB-261

PT-12 served the Navies of the United States and Great Britian.

70' Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 9 April 1940 as PT-12 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 18 October 1940
  • Placed in service 12 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
  • The "Ding Hau" was transferred to the Royal Navy 11 March 1941
  • Commissioned HM MTB-261, 9 February 1942 and assigned to the 10th MTB Flotilla
  • Paid off (decommissioned) in December 1944 at Alexandria, Egypt
  • Sank in March 1945 at Alexandria
  • Destroyed as an obstruction 26 August 1945.


  • 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-261 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-11, 12, 13 & 14 103k
    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
    PT-12 93k c. 1940
    Novel Packaging photo
    Joe Radigan
    PT-10 112k Photo from the 1940s Hi-Speed Victory Club War Album Series presented by Hi-Speed Gas Stations Tommy Trampp
    PT-12 266k c. late 1940
    Speeding past the Battery, in New York Harbor
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 44953
    Mike Green

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-12
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