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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Yoke - Baker - Charlie

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 24 June 1942 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 10 September 1942
  • Completed 25 September 1942 and placed in service
  • Assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron SEVEN (MTBRon 7) under the command of LT Rollin E. Westholm, USN
  • MTBRon 7 was assigned to the Southwest Pacific, had action in New Guinea waters at Tufi, Morobe, Kiriwina, Dreger Harbor, and Aitape, and in Philippine waters at San Pedro Bay and at Ormoc. The squadron based for a
    time at Kana Kopa, New Guinea; Thursday Island, Australia; Ferusson Island, d'Entrecasteaux Group; and Mios Woendi, Dutch New Guinea, but had no action at these bases
  • Transferred 15 February 1945 to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron THIRTY THREE (MTBRon 33) under the command of LT A. Murray Preston, USNR
  • MTBRon 33 was assigned to the Southwest Pacific, had action at Aitape, New Guinea; Morotai in the Halmaheras; and San Pedro Bay and Panay in the Philippines. It also based for a time at Dreger Harbor and Mios Woendi,
    New Guinea, but had no action from these bases
  • "The Duchess", ex-"Arbie Barbie", ex-"Snafu" was placed out of service, stripped and destroyed by U.S. Forces 24 October 1945 at Samar, Philippines.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: Armament: One 40mm mount, one 37mm mount, two 20mm mounts, four 21" Torpedoes and two twin .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PT-137 316k c. July/August 1943
    Refueling at Morobe, New Guinea
    National Archives photo 80-G-53839
    Tracy White

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-137
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