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HM MTB-376
ex-BPT-66


BPT-66 served the Navies of Great Britian and Italy.

BPT-21 Class Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 4 March 1943 as BPT-66 by Annapolis Yacht Yard, Annapolis, MD
  • Launched 19 June 1943
  • Completed 2 December 1943, transferred to Great Britain and named HM MTB-376
  • Returned to U.S. Navy custody 18 October 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register 8 January 1946
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission in August 1946
  • Transferred to Italy in February 1947 at Palermo, Sicily, reclassified as a Torpedo Recovery Craft, GIS-0010
  • Cannibalized for spares and scrapped.

    Specifications:

  • Speed 38 kts.
  • Armament: One Mk 4-20mm mount, one twin .50 cal. Vickers machine gun in Mk V turret, two 21" torpedoes and two depth charges
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    BPT-66 127k Original photo: HM MTB-376 leaving her base. She is armed with a twin 0.5" Vickers Mark V turret abaft the bridge, a single 20 mm Oerlikon Mk 4 on the forecastle, 2-21" TT RN Pattern and 2-1 depth charges. Later the twin 0.5" Vickers Mark V was replaced by a manually-operated twin 20 mm Oerlikon Mk 11A
    Imperial War Museum photo from "Warships of World War II" by H. T. Lenton and J. J. College
    Replacement photo: HM MTB-376 leaving base for patrol. This vessel is part of a small force of British MTBs which, together with American patrol boats, turned the 45 mile stretch of enemy held coast between Sezi and Genoa, Italy into their hunting ground. She is armed with a twin 0.5" Vickers Mark V turret abaft the bridge, a single 20 mm Oerlikon Mk 4 on the forecastle, 2-21" TT RN Pattern and 2-1 depth charges. Later the twin 0.5" Vickers Mark V was replaced by a manually-operated twin 20 mm Oerlikon Mk 11A
    Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official Collection, by Hudson, F.A. (Lt), Photo No. IWM (A 22706)
    Original photo: Robert Hurst
    Replacement photo: Mike Green
    BPT-66 251k The hard-chine hull allowed the boat to ride out of the sea at high speed, increasing its velocity through the water. While this produced a highly visible plume in its wake, it was thought that its top speed of just under 39 kts was enough to get it out of trouble
    Photo by Christopher Henry from "British Motor Torpedo Boat 1939-1945" by Angus Konstan
    Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history available for BPT-66
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