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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive

HM MTB-263
ex-PT-14


PT-14 served the Navies of the United States and Great Britian.

70' Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 26 April 1940 as PT-14 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 7 November 1940
  • Placed in service 29 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
  • Transferred to the Royal Navy as HM MTB-263 11 April 1941 and assigned to the 10th MTB Squadron
  • Returned to U.S. Navy 16 March 1946 at Alexandria, Egypt
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission in December 1946
  • Fate unknown.

    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-263 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 3,600shp Packard V12 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PT-14
    PT-11, 12, 13 & 14 103k PT-11, 12, 13 and 14. .
    PT-14 132k c. late 1940
    Making a high speed run
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 44449
    Mike Green
    HMS MTB-263
    PT-14 36k Side plan
    Drawing from "Allied Coastal Forces of World War II: Vol. 2" by John Lambert and Al Ross
    Robert Hurst
    PT-14 174k Stern view of after modification to the Royal Navy's MTB 263
    Photo by Elco
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01T/Lt. Alfred Gilbert Fry, RANVRAugust 1943 - 19 December 1943
    02T/Lt. Bernard Farmer, RNVR19 December 1943 - June 1944

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-14
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