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PTC-7 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 12 March 1941 and assigned to Motor Boat Submarine Chaser Squadron One under the command of LTJG John D. Bulkeley, USN
  • Transferred to Great Britain 4 April 1941 and reclassified HM MGB-88
  • Returned to U.S. Navy custody 19 June 1945
  • To be sold by the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission in September 1946
  • Laid up at Gillingham, England to January 1948
  • 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 1,300shp Hall-Scott Defender gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    PTC-7 190k HM MGB 88 heading for home towing the captured German S-boat S 111, 15 March 1942. The S-boat was boarded after an engagement with enemy light forces 20 miles off the Dutch coast, on 14 March 1942, by three MGBs of the 7th MGB Flotilla (Senior Officer Lt. J.B.R. Horne, RN) in MGB 88. Unfortunately the captured enemy craft had to be abandoned after four S-boats were sighted out on the horizon and approaching at speed. S-111 eventually sank with the White Ensign still flying, her bow well down and her three rudders and propellers shamelessy exposed for all the world to see
    Photo was probably taken from either MGB 87 (C.O. Lt. S.B. Bennett, RNVR) or MGB 91 (C.O. Sub-Lt. P.A.R. Thompson, RCNVR), from "The Battle of the Narrow Sea" by the late Lieutenant-Commander Peter Scott, MBE, DSC & Bar, RNVR
    Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history available for PTC-7
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