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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive
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PT-216 served the Navies of the United States, Great Britain and Yugoslavia
78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:Laid down 3 September 1942 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LALaunched 16 January 1943Completed 5 March 1943, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron SIXTEEN under the command of Lt. Comdr. Russell H. Smith, USNTransferred 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, FranceThe "Tresch Can", ex-"Red Falcon" was transferred to Great Britain 17 October 1944 and reclassified HM MGB-188Transferred to Yugoslavia in August 1945Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists transfer to Yugoslavia as October 1944Lost in November 1946.
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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||From the collection of MoMM1c Dave Prentice, PT-204
||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-217
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