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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive

RCAF Abadik (B 117)
ex-RCAF Abadik (M 407)
ex-HM MTB-269

PT-5 served the U.S. Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force

81' Experimental Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 1 August 1939 as PT-5 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 4 November 1940
  • Completed 1 March 1941
  • Placed in service 17 March 1941 and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron ONE (MTBRon 1) under the command of LT William C. Specht, USN
  • MTBRon 1 was the first squadron commissioned, and originally was made up of experimental boats
  • Transferred to the Royal Navy and reclassified HM MTB-269, 19 April 1941
  • Transfer to the Royal Navy canceled, transferred instead to the Royal Canadian Air Force, named RCAF Abadik (M 407) and used as a High Speed Rescue Launch at Eastern Air Command,
    Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • Reclassified B-117
  • Returned to U.S. custody in 1945
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in February 1946
  • Registered in 1948 to Nock Sicari of Flushing, NY as the yacht Gloria
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 34 t.
    1948 - 64 t.
  • Length 81'
    1948 - 77.4'
  • Beam 15.4' (1948)
  • Draft 8.5' (1948)
  • Complement: Six (1948)
  • Armament: Two 21" torpedoes and two .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Three 1,200bhp Vimalert gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-5 161k c. April 1939
    As planned by C & R. Note depth-charge rack between the torpedoes
    Line drawing by Alan Raven from U.S. Small Combatants: An Illustrated design History
    Robert Hurst
    PT-5 187k 28 August 1940
    Outboard Profile and Deck Plan
    Historic Naval Ships Association website
    PT-5 381k 9 - 10 March 1941
    Route and Time Schedule of PT-5 speed run from Pensacola Naval Air Station to Key West Navy Yard. Establishing a speed record for surface craft (25.3 kts.)
    Jerry Gilmartin, MMC, USN, Ret.
    PT-5 324k 9 - 10 March 1941
    Crew list for speed run
    PT-5 195k 15 March 1941
    Transverse Sections
    Historic Naval Ships Association website
    RCAF Abadik (B 117)
    PT-5 198k Canadian Forces photo Terry Leversedge

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-5
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