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  PT-67 (BPT-19, PTC-35)
USN
77' Elco

40 Tons
77' x 19' 11" x 4' 6"
2 x Twin 50 cal MG
4 x 18" Torpedoes

Ship History
Built by the Electric Boat Company (Elco) in Bayonne, NJ. Laid down August 23, 1941 as PTC-35, later reclassified BPT-19 prior to completion. Launched November 8, 1941. Completed January 17, 1942. Transfer to England canceled, assigned to the United States Navy January 19, 1942 and reclassified PT-67.

Wartime History
Assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 4 (MTBS 4) under the command of Lt. Rollin E. Westholm, USN and operated from the Motor Torpedo Boat Squadrons Training Center, Melville, RI.

On October 1, 1942 transferred to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 8 (MTBS 8) under the command of Lt. Comdr. Barry K. Atkins, USN.

During the Battle of the Bismark Sea, PT-67 under the command of Ens. James W. Emmons, USNR was patrolling with PT-128 and saw Oikawa Maru on fire. Afterwards, both searched further to the west but encountered a rain storm and heavy seas.

Operaed from Tufi PT Boat Base

Sinking History
On March 17, 1943 during a refueling accident at Tufi PT Boat Base, this boat and PT 119 caught fire, burned and sunk.

After the accident, Ensign Donald F. Galloway, USNR became commander of the naval detachment on SS Masaya.

Shipwreck
The wrecks were salvaged for non-ferrous metal in the early 1970s. There are at least two live torpedoes among the wreckage.

References
At Close Quarters PT Boats in the United States Navy pages 59, 181, 183, 455, 459, 485-486, 488
Indo Pacific Images - The Tufi PT Boats by Don Silcock
Indo Pacific Images - The Tufi Diaries, May 10, 2009 by Don Silcock
Navy Source PT-67 (photo)

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Last Updated
January 10, 2018

 

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