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PT-318



Call sign:
Nan - King - Queen - Yoke

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 23 December 1942 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 3 March 1943
  • Completed 23 March 1943, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron FIVE (PTRon 5) under the command of Comdr. Henry Farrow, USN
  • PTRon 5 was assigned to Panama Sea Frontier from September 1942 until the spring of 1943, when it was shipped to the Solomons. There its boats were in action at Rendova, Vella Lavella, Treasury, Bougainville, Green, and
    Emirau. After assignment to the Southwest Pacific area at the end of 1944, the squadron was decommissioned and its boats were distributed to replenish other squadrons which had suffered operational losses
  • Transferred 15 February1945 to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron NINE (PTRon 9) under the command of Lt. Hamilton H. Wood, USNR
  • PTRon 9, assigned to the South Pacific, had action at Rendova, Lever Harbor, Treasury, and Green. Transferred to the Southwest Pacific in May 1944, the squadron had action at Mios Woendi, Dutch New Guinea; Morotai, in the
    Halmaheras; and at Zamboanga and Tawi Tawi in the Philippines. The squadron also based for a time at Dreger Harbor, New Guinea, and at Samar in the Philippines, but had no action from these bases
  • The "One Way", ex-"Ole Pickle Puss", ex-"Sea Bisket" was placed out of service 24 November 1945
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission in May 1946 and sold
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, one 37mm mount, four 21" Torpedoes and two twin .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-318 287k Courtesy of Alvin Hanson Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.

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