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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive

HM MTB-268
ex-PT-19


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

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.

    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-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
    PT-9, PT-12, PT-13, PT-14, PT-15 & PT-19 224k PT-12, PT-13, PT-14, PT-15, PT-19 and PT-9 underway at speed in late 1940-early 1941, assigned to MTBRon 2
    Life Magazine Archives - Thomas McAvoy Photographer, shared by Peter DeForest
    Mike Green
    PT-12 221k PT-12, PT-13, PT-14, PT-15 and PT-19 underway at speed in late 1940-early 1941, assigned to MTBRon 2
    Life Magazine Archives - Thomas McAvoy Photographer, shared by Peter DeForest
    PT-19 166k PT-19 underway at speed during trials in late 1940-early 1941, before being assigned to MTBRon 2. The ship in the foreground is the Maryland State Conservation Commission steamboat Gov. R. M. McLane. The steamboat served in World War I, as the USS Gov. R. M. McLane (SP-1328) before being returned to the State of Maryland on 30 November 1918
    Life Magazine Archives - Thomas McAvoy Photographer, shared by Peter DeForest
    PT-19 180k Port side closeup of PT-19 underway at speed during trials in late 1940-early 1941, before being assigned to MTBRon 2
    Life Magazine Archives - Thomas McAvoy Photographer, shared by Peter DeForest

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-19
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