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PT-47



Call sign:
Nan - William - George - Mike

77' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 4 June 1941 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 14 August 1941
  • Completed 9 September 1941
  • Assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWO (PTRon 2) under the command of Lt. Comdr. Earl S. Caldwell
  • PTRon 2 tested the first 70' Elco boats in Florida and Caribbean waters in the winter of 1940/41. In December 1941, with 11 new 77' Elco boats, the squadron was assigned to the Panama Sea Frontier. Then late in 1942, with six
    77' Elco boats and six 80' Elco boats, it was shipped to the South Pacific, where it was active in the Solomons campaign, engaging in many strenuous night actions with the Tokyo Express in the defense of Guadalcanal
  • Transferred to PTRon 3(2), 11 November 1943 under the command of Lt. Richard E. Johnson
  • Transferred 7 August 1944 to MTB Squadrons Training Center Melville, RI and used for training repair personnel
  • Reclassified as a Small Boat 14 October 1944
  • Surveyed 21 March 1947
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • 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-47 142k 12 November 1942
    Being off loaded from the SS Robin Wentley at Noumea, New Caledonia
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