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HM MTB-313

Call sign:
Nan - Able - Fox - Item

PT-55 was built for Great Britain

77' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 10 July 1941 as PT-55 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Reclassified BPT-7 later that month
  • Launched 22 September 1941
  • Transferred to Great Britain 23 February 1942
  • Completed 28 February 1942, commissioned HM MTB-313 and assigned to the 10th/15th MTB Flotillas
  • Released for disposal 15 March 1946 at Alexandria, Egypt (did not have engines or propellers)
  • Returned to U.S. Navy at Palermo, Sicily, Italy
  • Struck from the Naval Register 28 March 1946
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission in January 1947
  • 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 1,200shp Packard V12 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-49 69k HM MTB 307 (ex-PT-49) and HM MTB 313 moored alongside several Vospers, apparently at Alexandria, Egypt. At some point after being merged with the 10th MTB Flotilla, the surviving 77 ft. MTBs of the 15th MTB Flotilla were repainted in the Light Standard Scheme F
    Photo H. Tong. CFVA
    Robert Hurst
    PT-11 95k HM MTB-313, HM MTB-260, ex-PT-11 and HM MTB-77 moored at Valletta, Malta
    Imperial War Museum photo 14545 by LT F. G. Roper, Royal Navy Official photographer
    PT-51 127k c. July 1942
    Ta' Xbiex, Malta
    Moored alongside MTB-309, ex-PT-51
    Coastal Forces Veterans Forum

    Commanding Officers
    01T/Lt. C.F. McKim, RCNVR28 February 1942 - 19 July 1942
    02T/Lt. T. G. Fuller, RCNVR19 July 1942 - December 1943
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-55
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