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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive
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PT-213 served the Navies of the United States, Great Britain and Yugoslavia
78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:Laid down 14 August 1942 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LALaunched 6 December 1942Completed 12 February 1943Placed in service 16 February 1943 and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron SIXTEEN (MTBRon 16) under the command of CDR Russell H. Smith, USNMTBRon 16 participated in the Aleutian campaign from August 1943 to May 1944. Transferred to the Southwest Pacific, the squadron had action at Mios Woendi, Dutch New Guinea; Mindoro, P.I.; andBrunei Bay, Borneo. It also based for a time at Dreger Harbor, New Guinea, and San Pedro Bay, P.I., but had no action from these basesTransferred 13 March 1943 to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron FIFTEEN (MTBRon 15) under the command of CDR Stanley M. Barnes, USNMTBRon 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 andBone, Africa; Palermo, Sicily; Salerno, Capri, and Leghorn, Italy; Maddalena, Sardinia; Bastia and Calvi, Corsica, and St. Tropez, FranceOn 24 May 1944, PT-202, PT-213 and PT-218 (under the command of LCDR Robert A. Allen, RNVR) sank German corvette UJ-2223, ex-Italian Maragone (C 52) and damaged UJ-2222, ex-ItalianTuffeto (C 51) off Vada Rocks, CorsicaThe "Spittin' Kitten", ex-"Gallopin' Ghost" was transferred to Great Britain 17 October 1944 and reclassified HM MGB-187Transferred to Yugoslavia in August 1945 and reclassified MT-7Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists transfer to Yugoslavia as October 1944Scrapped in 1955.
Specifications:Displacement 56 t.Length 78'Beam 20' 8"Draft 5' 3"Speed 41 kts.Complement 17Armament: One 40mm mount, four 21" torpedoes, two twin .50 cal. machine guns, one 37mm mount and one 20mm mountPropulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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||Photo from the book Knight of the Sea
||Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
||Mattaponi (AO 41) off the Norfolk Navy Yard on 5 May 1943. She was headed for Europe with deck cargo that included PT-213 and PT-217. Mattaponi arrived 23 May 1943 at Mers el Kebir, Algeria
National Archives photo
There is no DANFS history available for PT-213
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