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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


77' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Originally planned as PT-38 but reclassified as a Motor Boat Submarine Chaser, PTC-18
  • Reclassified back to PT-38 in March 1941
  • Laid down 17 April 1941 as by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 28 June 1941
  • Completed 18 July 1941
  • Reclassified as a Small Boat, C68730, 6 February 1944
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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-38 239k c. 1944
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    Tommy Trampp

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