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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


77' Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 30 January 1941 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 10 May 1941
  • Completed 18 June 1941
  • Placed in service 18 June 1942 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. In December 1941, with 11 new 77' Elco boats, the squadron was assigned to the Panama Sea Frontier
  • Transferred to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron ONE (MTBRon 1), 13 August 1941 under the command of LT William C. Specht, USN
  • MTBRon 1 was the first squadron commissioned, and originally was made up of experimental boats. Later, when it was composed of 77' Elco boats, the squadron was sent to Pearl Harbor, where it was in
    action on 7 December 1941
  • Transferred from Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron THREE (2), 27 September 1943 under the command of LT Hugh M. Robinson, USN
  • Transferred back to MTBRon 2, 27 September 1943 under the command of LT Alvin P. Cluster, USN
  • Reclassified as a Small Boat, C55049, 6 October 1943
  • Fate unknown.


    Displacement 40 t.

  • Length 77'
  • 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 21" torpedoes
  • Propulsion: Three 3,600shp Packard V12 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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