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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Baker - Nan - Dog

77' Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 12 February 1941 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 15 May 1941
  • Completed 27 June 1941
  • Placed in service 13 August 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. Later, when it was composed of 77' Elco boats, the squadron was sent to Pearl Harbor, where it was in
    action on December 7, 1941. Its boats again saw action at the Battle of Midway, and participated in the Aleutian campaign
  • The "Sandra Lee" was reclassified as a Small Craft 12 December 1944
  • 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 1,500shp Packard V12 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PT-27 366k c. 1942 Joe Radigan
    PT-27 301k MTBRon 1 boats from Pearl Harbor arriving at Midway in mid-1942 Mark Joram
    PT-24 244k Kodiak, AK
    PT-24 and PT-27 moored forward of an unidentified Coastal Minesweeper
    BuAir photo 79772
    Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.

    Boat Captains
    01LT George A. Matteson, USNR - Awarded two Bronze StarsSeptember 1942
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-27
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