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PT-218



Call sign:
Nan - Charlie - Queen - Mike

Sunk 16 August 1944

78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 7 September 1942 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 12 January 1943
  • Completed 5 March 1943, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron SIXTEEN under the command of Lt. Comdr. Russell H. Smith, USN
  • Transferred 13 March 1943 to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron FIFTEEN (PTRon 15) under the command of CDR 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 "Liberty Hound" struck a mined and sunk off southern France in the Gulf of Frejus 16 August 1944.

    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, one 37mm mount and one 20mm mount
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-218 55k Corsica
    Moored inboard of PTRon 15 and PTRon 22 boats
    Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.

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