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HM MGB-186

Call sign:
Nan - Charlie - King - Nan

PT-211 served the Navies of the United States, Great Britain and Yugoslavia.

78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down in July 1942 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched in November 1942
  • Completed 11 February 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 "Night Owl" was transferred to Great Britain 17 October 1944 and reclassified HM MGB-186
  • Transferred to Yugoslavia in August 1945 and reclassified MT-6
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists transfer to Yugoslavia as October 1944
  • 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-211 130k Bastia harbor, Corsica
    Rocket launchers were installed on forward deck
    National Archives photo 80-G-23442
    Original photo: Hyperwar, U.S. Navy in WWII
    Replacement photo: Joe Radigan

    Boat Captains
    01LTJG Page H. Tulloch, USNR - Awarded the Navy Commendation RibbonSeptember 1943
    02LTJG Eads Poitevent, Jr., USNR - Awarded the Bronze StarJune 1944
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-211
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