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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Tare - Easy - Dog

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 10 May 1943 by Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 23 July 1943
  • Completed 12 August 1943, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWENTY SEVEN (MTBRon 27) under the command of Comdr. Clinton McKellar, Jr., USN
  • MTBRon 27, assigned to the South Pacific, had action at Treasury and Green. Assigned temporarily to the Third Fleet, the squadron was based at Palau, in the Marianas, from October to December 1944,
    when it was transferred to the Southwest Pacific. There it had action at San Pedro Bay and Subic Bay in the Philippines, and Balikpapan in Borneo
  • The "Spirit of '76" was placed out of service 19 October 1945
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission in May 1946 and sold
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, one 37mm mount, one twin 20mm mount, three twin .50 cal. machine guns and four Mk13, 22.4" torpedoes
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-376 70k Stephen Godbold
    Photo added 17 October 2021
    PT-376 50k Launching No. 3 torpedo
    PT-376 108k Lt. John A. Mapp's PT 376 approaches Corregidor on 16 February 1945, to rescue paratroopers who overshot the top of the island and were taken under enemy sniper fire
    National Archives photo 80-G-273607 from "At Close Quarters, PT Boats in the United States Navy" by Captain Robert J. Bulkley, Jr., USNR, (Retired)
    Robert Hurst
    PT-376 138k Lt. Raymond P. Shafer, USNR, (XO of MTBRon 27) and Lt. (jg.) Charles Adams, USNR, approach Corregidor beach to pick up paratroopers under Japanese sniper fire
    National Archives photo 80-G-273308 from "At Close Quarters, PT Boats in the United States Navy" by Captain Robert J. Bulkley, Jr., USNR, (Retired)

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-376

    The story behind the above two photos from Robert Hurst
    Source: Stephen Godbold
    Photos added 17 October 2021




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