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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


77' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Planned as PTC-29
  • Reclassified PT-61 in June 1941
  • Laid down 2 August 1941 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Reclassified BPT-13 prior to completion
  • Launched 15 October 1941
  • Reclassified PT-61 in December 1941
  • Completed 19 February 1942
  • Converted to a Gunboat in 1943 in the Solomon Islands
  • Reclassified as a Small Boat, C68371, 16 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 (Gunboat conversion stripped all armament except the two twin .50 cal. machine guns, then adding two 40mm mounts and four
    more twin .50 cal. machine guns)
  • Propulsion: Three 3,600shp Packard V12 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-49, 51, 53 & 61 182k 1 August 1942
    Taboga, Panama
    PT-46 (No. 1); PT-40 (No. 9); PT-61; PT-48 (No. 3) and PT-45 (No. 2) during commissioning ceremonies at the newly established MTB Base. To mislead possible Japanese spies in Panama, and presumably German agents in New York, the hull numbers displayed on the cabins were changed. The eleven boats of MTB Squadron TWO were numbered 0 - 10.
    PT-61 427k c. April 1943
    Outboard Profile and Deck Plan
    Historic Naval Ships Association website
    PT-61 342k 8 October 1943
    The field-modified "gunboat" PT-61 (at right) with two shielded 40mm guns and the complete absence of torpedo tubes. The position of the two twin .50s proclaims it to be a 77-foot Elco. PT-168 is off her starboard quarter
    Photo courtesy of Lieutenant Commander Edwin W. Polk, USN, Ret. from U.S. Small Combatants: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman
    Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-61
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