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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Destroyed 1 February 1943

77' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Originally planned as PT-37 but reclassified as a Motor Boat Submarine Chaser, PTC-17
  • Reclassified back to PT-37 in March 1941
  • Laid down 12 April 1941 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 25 June 1941
  • Completed 18 July 1941
  • Destroyed 1 February 1943 by the Japanese destroyer Kawakaze off Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.


  • Displacement 40 t.
  • Length 77'
  • 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
  • Propulsion: Three 3,600shp Packard V12 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-37 170k USS Jamestown (PG 55), later Motor Torpedo Boat Tender, AGP-3, tending PT boats at the New York Navy Yard on 11 October 1941 (PT-37 is in the lower right). Jamestown is unarmed and has few visibile military fittings.
    National Archives photo 19-N-25720
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    PT-37 192k Map of the location of PT-37 and other World War II shipwrecks in Ironbottom Sound in the Solomon Islands Ron Reeve

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-37
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