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HM MGB-190

Call sign:
Nan - Charlie - Dog - Xray

PT-205 served the Navies of the United States and Great Britain

78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 9 July 1942 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 8 October 1942
  • Completed 25 January 1943, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron FIFTEEN (MTBRon 15) under the command of Comdr. Stanley M. Barnes, USN
  • MTBRon 15 was the first PT squadron sent to the Mediterranean Theater, where it operated as a unit of the British Coastal Forces. It had action throughout the western Mediterranean, basing at Bizerte
    and Bone, Africa; Palermo, Sicily; Salerno, Capri, and Leghorn, Italy; Maddalena, Sardinia; Bastia and Calvi, Corsica, and St. Tropez, France
  • The "Shamrock", ex-"Rambling Wreck", ex-"Dragon" was transferred to Great Britain 17 October 1944 and reclassified HM MGB-190
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission in March 1947
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 78'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5' 3"
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, four 21" torpedoes, two twin .50 cal. machine guns, one 37mm mount and one 20mm mount
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PT-205 549k Crew photo
    The officer to the right leaning against the pilot house is Louis S. Rodger
    PT-205 138k At St. Maxime in the Gulf of St. Tropez, Southern France
    U.S. Navy photo NR&L (MOD)-32502
    Joe Radigan

    Boat Captains
    01LT Richard Hamilton O'Brien, USN - USNA Class of 1942
    Awarded two Silver Stars (1943)
    May 1943
    02ENS Robert T. Boebel, USNR - Awarded the Bronze Star and the British Distinguished Service CrossAugust 1943
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-205
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