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Elco 80'

56 Tons

Wartime History
During a night of November 13-14, 1943 while patroling with PT-155 both boats were one mile south of Shortland Island.

A 3" shore battery fired three rounds, the second of which hit the afterbody of the port forward torpedo where it exploded, putting a hole in the deck and knocking out steering control. [ Likely 140mm gun on Poporang ]

Two members of the crew were killed: Lt(jg) Joseph D. McLaughlin and QM2C Arthur J. Schwerdt. The captain, Lt(jg) Hamlin D. Smith and six crew were wounded. Crew member MM1C John M. Nichiolson took charge as he was the least wounded.

PT-155 attempted to render assisntance, but accidentally rammed the ship, not aware it had lost steering, and knocked off the port rear torpedo, and both boats proceeded further out to sea until stopping to transfer the wounded aboard PT-155 to rush them back to the PT Boat base at Treasury Island.

PT-154, although damaged used emergency steering control arrived back at base 2.5 hours later.

At Close Quarters PT Boats in the United States Navy pages 129-130, 145-146, 434-436, 460
Navy Source PT-154

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Last Updated
September 2, 2018


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