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PT-64
ex-BPT-16
ex-PTC-32
ex-PT-64



Call sign:
Nan - Baker - Yoke - Tare

77' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Planned as PTC-32
  • Reclassified PT-64 in June 1941
  • Laid down 13 August 1941 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Reclassified BPT-16 prior to completion
  • Launched 28 October 1941
  • Transfer to Great Britain canceled and reclassified PT-64 in December 1941
  • Completed 28 January 1942, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron FOUR (PTRon 4) under the command of Lt. Rollin E. Westholm, USN
  • PTRon 4 was the training squadron, based at the MTB Squadrons Training Center, Melville, R.I. It was the largest squadron, having a peak of 28 boats in service at one time
  • Transferred 15 April 1943 to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron FIVE (PTRon 5) under the command of Comdr. Henry Farrow, USN
  • PTRon 5 was assigned to Panama Sea Frontier from September 1942 until the spring of 1943, when it was shipped to the Solomons. There its boats were in action at Rendova, Vella Lavella, Treasury, Bougainville, Green, and
    Emirau. After assignment to the Southwest Pacific area at the end of 1944, the squadron was decommissioned and its boats were distributed to replenish other squadrons which had suffered operational losses
  • Destroyed by fire 18 June 1944
  • Struck from the Naval Register 20 January 1945.

    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 1,200shp Packard V12 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-64 101k Probably at Melville, RI. The portion of the torpedo tube next to the trunk cabin has been painted black or dark grey
    U.S. Navy photo
    Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-64
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