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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Lost 24 May 1943

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 5 October 1942 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 20 December 1942
  • Completed 28 January 1943, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TEN (PTRon 10) under the command of Lt. Comdr. Thomas G. Warfield
  • On 24 May 1943 she was on board the civilian tanker Stanvac Manila with five other PT boats when that ship was torpedoed and sunk by the Japanese submarine I-17 south of Noumea, New Caledonia.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, two torpedoes, two twin .50 cal. machine guns, one 37mm mount and one 20mm mount
  • Propulsion: Three 4,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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