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PT-368



Call sign:
Nan - Tare - Dog - Item

Scuttled 11 October 1944

70' PT-368 Class Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Built in 1942 by the Canadian Power Boat Co., Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Acquired by the Navy 21 November 1942
  • Completed 19 April 1943, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron EIGHTEEN (MTBRon 18) under the command of Lt. Comdr. Henry M. S. Swift, USNR.
  • MTBRon 18, assigned to the Southwest Pacific, had action at Dreger Harbor, Aitape, Hollandia, Wakde, and Mios Woendi, in New Guinea; at Manus in the Admiralties; and at Morotai in the
    Halmaheras. It also based for a time at Kana Kopa, New Guinea, and in San Pedro Bay in the Philippines, but had no action from these bases. The squadron originally was planned as a four-boat squadron for service in the Caribbean Sea Frontier. PT's 368-371, 70-foot boats of Scott-Paine design, built by the Canadian Power Boat Co., Montreal, were acquired under reverse lend-lease from the Dutch Government, and were converted by installation of Elco fittings at Fyfe's Shipyard, Glenwood Landing, Long Island, N.Y. The squadron then was reassigned to Southwest Pacific and was augmented by PT's 362-367, 80-foot boats fabricated by Elco and assembled at the Harbor Boat Building Co., Terminal Island, California. When completed these boats were identical with the 80-foot Elco model
  • Damaged by grounding off Halmahera, Netherlands East Indies 11 October 1944 and scuttled by demolition charges to prevent capture by the Japanese.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 33 t.
  • Length 70'
  • Beam 19'
  • Draft 4' 9"
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 12
  • Armament: Two 21" torpedo tubes, one 37mm mount, one 20mm mount and two twin .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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