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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Yoke - Item - Xray

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 29 September 1942 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 14 December 1942
  • Completed 30 December 1942, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TEN (PTRon 10) under the command of Lt. Comdr. Thomas G. Warfield, USN
  • PTRon 10, assigned to the South Pacific, had action at Rendova, Vella Lavella, Treasury, Bougainville, and Green. Transferred to the Southwest Pacific in April 1944, the squadron had action at Saidor New Guinea; Morotai, in the
    Halmaheras; and at Balikpapan, Borneo. The squadron also based for a time at Mios Woendi, Dutch New Guinea, and at Samar, P.I., but had no action from these bases
  • The "Slow Freight", ex-"Devil Due", ex-"Dinah-Mite" was placed out of service, stripped and destroyed by U.S. Forces 11 November 1945 at Samar, Philippines.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, two torpedoes, two twin .50 cal. machine guns, one 37mm mount and one 20mm mount
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-163 96k c. May 1945
    Moored inboard of PT-163
    Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-167 88k 9 June 1945
    PTRon 10 PT's nesting along side tender USS Pontus (AGP 20). PT-171 on the outside, followed by PT-167, PT-108 and an unknown boat.
    Photo courtesy of Henry Beazley

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-171
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