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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


PTC-1 served the Navies of the United States and Great Britain

PTC-1 Class Motor Boat Submarine Chaser:

  • Built by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Completed in February 1941
  • Placed in service as PTC-1, 6 March 1941 and assigned to Motor Boat Submarine Chaser Squadron ONE (PTCRon 1) under the command of LTJG John D. Bulkeley
  • PTCRon 1 was abandoned because of failure to develop satisfactory sound gear to enable the boats to locate submarines
  • Transferred to Great Britain 15 July 1941 and reclassified HM MGB-82
  • Returned to U.S. Navy custody 3 September 1945
  • Laid up in England to March 1946 then transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 27 t.
  • Length 70'
  • Beam 15' 3"
  • Draft 3' 10"
  • Speed 30 kts.
  • Complement 11
  • Armament: Two twin .50 cal. Browning M2 machine guns and 24 depth charges
  • Propulsion: Two 1,500shp Hall-Scott Defender gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    PTC-1 113k Underway on her trials. Her Dewandre turrets have been covered over
    Photo from PTBM
    Robert Hurst
    PTC-1 294k c. 1941
    The long tray along its side led to a pair of Y-guns, each flanked by short hoists to lift the charges. The tarpaulins abaft the Y-guns covered conventional depth-charge tracks
    U.S. Navy photo from U.S Small Combatants: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman
    PTC-1 398k c. 1941
    Showing the unique PTC depth-charge system in greater detail. Y-gun arbors were stowed alongside the superstructure, and charges moving aft along the rails were hoisted up the
    inclined racks
    U.S. Navy photo from U.S Small Combatants: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman

    There is no DANFS history available for PTC-1
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