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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Yoke - Baker - William

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 3 July 1942 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 17 September 1942
  • Completed 3 October 1942
  • Placed in service 10 October 1942 and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron FOUR (MTBRon 4) under the command of LCDR William C. Specht
  • 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. When the training center
    was decommissioned early in 1946, MTBRon 4 was assigned to the Operational Development Force, and based at Solomons, Md. It was the last squadron to be decommissioned
  • "Hells Cargo" was placed out of service 28 January 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register 25 February 1946
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration 9 October 1946 and sold
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm, four 21" Torpedoes and two twin .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-140 177k Underway while operating with MTBRon 4, the training squadron, at Melville, RI. The censor has painted out the radar mast, but missed the radar mast support on the aft portion of the day cabin roof
    U.S. Navy photo from "Allied Coastal Forces of World War II: Vol. II" by John Lambert and Al Ross
    Robert Hurst
    PT-140 64k PT-140 underway off Melville, RI, during August-September 1943. The boat was assigned to MTB Squadron Four, The PT Training Squadron Based at Melville. Note her "SO" radar antenna "RADOME" atop the mast, and depth charges carried aft in place of her second pair of torpedo tubes.
    National Archives photo 80-G-K-13625
    Photo description provided by Mike Green
    Joe Radigan
    PT-140 244k 15 June 1945
    PT-315 and PT-140 which has an experimental "wake camouflage" system fitted, the hoses for the system can be seen on the bow and stern
    National Archives photo
    Tracy White

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-140
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