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HM MTB-266

PT-17 served the Navies of the United States and Great Britian.

70' Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 24 May 1940 as PT-17 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 2 December 1940
  • Completed 12 December 1940
  • Placed in service 16 December 1940 and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWO (MTBRon 2) under the command of LCDR Earl S. Caldwell, USN
  • MTBRon 2 tested the first 70' Elco boats in Florida and Caribbean waters in the winter of 1940/41
  • The "Monkey's Uncle" was transferred to the Royal Navy 11 July 1941
  • Commissioned HM MTB-266, 22 February 1942 and assigned to the 10th MTB Flotilla
  • Damaged in action 9 March 1944
  • Sank 17 April 1944 at Alexandria, Egypt from action damages.


  • Displacement 40 t.
  • Length 70'
  • Beam 19' 11"
  • Draft 4' 6"
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 15
  • Armament: Two twin .50 cal. Browning M2 machine guns in Dewandre turrets and four 18" torpedoes
    (MTB-266 added two .303 cal. twin Mk1 Lewis machine guns, one 20mm mount and two depth charges in addition to replacing the 18" torpedoes with two 21" torpedoes)
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard V12 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PT-10 184k PT-17, PT-10, PT-11 and the other boats of MTBRon 2 .
    PT-10 112k Same as above photo from the 1940s Hi-Speed Victory Club War Album Series presented by Hi-Speed Gas Stations Tommy Trampp
    PT-17 93k Underway during trials in the Caribbean. Her Dewandre gun turrets and her torpedo tubes are covered over
    U.S. Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    PT-17 78k Underway during trials in the Caribbean. Her Dewandre gun turrets and her torpedo tubes are covered over
    U.S. Navy photo
    Adam Paradise
    PT-17 136k The first PT tender, USS Niagara [AGP 1], a converted yacht, with PT-17 alongside
    National Archives photo 80-G-248513
    Joe Radigan
    PT-17 69k c. 1943
    Autocar advertisement
    Tommy Trampp
    HM MTB-266
    PT-17 47k c. 1943
    Alexandria, Egypt
    Moored outboard of MTB-315, ex-PT-57
    Coastal Forces Veterans Forum

    Commanding Officers
    01Lt. R. R. Smith, RNVR1942
    02T/Lt. John Norman Broad, RNZNVR9 April 1943 - 9 March 1944 (Killed in Action)

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-17
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