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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


77' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Planned as PTC-27
  • Reclassified PT-60 in June 1941
  • Laid down 30 July 1941 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ and reclassified BPT-12 later that month
  • Launched 11 October 1941
  • Reclassified PT-60 in December 1941
  • Completed 25 February 1942 placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron FOUR (MTBRon 4) under the command of Lt. Comdr. Alan R. Montgomery, USN
  • MTBRon 4 was the training squadron, based at the MTB Squadrons Training Center, Melville, R.I. It was the largest squadron, having a peak of 28 boats in service at one time
  • Transferred 7 May 1942 to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWO (MTBRon 2) under the command of Lt. Comdr. 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.
    Then late in 1942, with six 77' Elco boats and six 80' Elco boats, it was shipped to the South Pacific, where it was active in the Solomons campaign, engaging in many strenuous night actions with the Tokyo Express in the defense of Guadalcanal
  • Transferred 27 July 1942 to MTBRon 3(2) under the command of LCDR Alan R. Montgomery, USN
  • MTBRon 3(2) was the first squadron to arrive in the Solomons, and fought many strenuous engagements with the Tokyo Express at Guadalcanal
  • Converted to a PT Gunboat in 1943 in the Solomon Islands
  • Struck from the Naval Register 21 April 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 (Gunboat conversion stripped all armament except the two twin .50 cal. machine guns,
    then adding two 40mm mounts and four more twin .50 cal. machine guns)
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard V12 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    Boat Captains
    01LTJG John M. Searles, USNR - Awarded the Navy Cross (1942)October 1942
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-60
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