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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive

HM CT-41
HM MGB-189
ex-PT-203



Call sign:
Nan - Charlie - Charlie - William

PT-205 served the Navies of the United States, Great Britain and Yugoslavia.


78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 7 July 1942 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 3 October 1942
  • Completed 23 January 1943, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron FIFTEEN (PTRon 15) under the command of Comdr. Stanley M. Barnes, USN
  • PTRon 15 was the first PT squadron sent to the Mediterranean Theater, where it operated as a unit of the British Coastal Forces. It had action throughout the western Mediterranean, basing at Bizerte and Bone, Africa; Palermo,
    Sicily; Salerno, Capri, and Leghorn, Italy; Maddalena, Sardinia; Bastia and Calvi, Corsica, and St. Tropez, France
  • The "Sharks Head", ex-"Gill's Crew" was transferred to Great Britain 17 October 1944 and named HM MGB-189
  • Reclassified as a Control Target Boat, CT-40
  • Transferred by the British to Yugoslavia in August 1945
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists transfer to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission as January 1947
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 78'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5' 3"
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, four 21" torpedoes, two twin .50 cal. machine guns and one 20mm mount
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PT-203
    PT-202 71k PT-210, PT-203 and PT-202 Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-203 191k Crew photos
    PT-203 171k
    HM CT-40
    PT-203 126k From the collection of Arthur William Finch, Stoker First Class, Royal Navy Kris Griffin
    PT-203 120k
    PT-203 113k c. May 1945
    St. Angelo, Malta
    Moored inboard of CT-41
    From the collection of Arthur William Finch, Stoker First Class, Royal Navy
    PT-203 139k c. May 1945
    St. Angelo, Malta
    Inscription on back of photo reads: Sparko, Danny, Joey, Jock, Me (Arthur Finch), Bill, Mack, Eddy all the crew except one
    From the collection of Arthur William Finch, Stoker First Class, Royal Navy

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-203
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