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HM MTB-268

PT-19 served the Navies of the United States and Great Britian

70' Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 7 June 1940 as PT-19 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 16 December 1940
  • Completed 23 December 1940
  • Placed in service 31 December 1940 and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Two (MTBRon 2) under the command of LCDR Earl S. Caldwell, USN
  • MTBRon 2 tested the first 70' Elco boats in Florida and Caribbean waters in the winter of 1940/1941
  • Placed out of service 2 July 1941 and transferred to the Royal Navy
  • Commissioned HM MTB-268, 22 February 1942 and assigned to the 10th MTB Flotilla
  • Returned to U.S. Navy 16 March 1946
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission in August 1946
  • Fate unknown.


    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-268 - 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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    PT-19 277k c. Late 1940
    Making a high speed run
    U.S. Navy photo NH 44445
    Naval History and Heritage Command

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-19
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