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Photo of MTB 316

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:25 am
by henzy
Hi people. Not sure if I have asked this site before but for years have been trying to find a photo of 316. My Father Henry Leslie Clark was Petty Officer Coxn on her when she was blown up 17th July 1943. Would appreciate any tips.
Cheers
Brian

Re: Photo of MTB 316

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:10 pm
by Admin
pt-26-possibly-mtb-316.jpg
This photo from the Elco Naval Division Archive on Gene Kirkland's PT King web site shows PT 26 at the back, far right of picture. Gene King describes the photo thus:

This photograph shows 77 and 70-foot boats on the same assembly line. PT 23 is in the left foreground, while PT 19 is to the immediate right. In the background, far left, can be seen PT 22, while PT 26 is at the far right; other 70-foot boats can be seen in the background as well. It appears the 70-footers are being gutted for modification prior to their transfer to Royal Navy hands--note the exhaust pipes and other equipment on PT 19's foredeck.

Gene Kirkland

There was a PT 26 which served with the USN, and PTC 26 that was given to the Royal Navy, and which became MTB 316. If all of the boats shown in the photo above are those undergoing conversion ahead of being transferred to the RN, then this would most likely be MTB 316.

Re: Photo of MTB 316

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:45 am
by henzy
MTB 315.jpg
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Hi. Thankyou for the prompt reply. Yes the info I have been able to obtain was that 316 was originally PT 58 and that PT 59 was firstly Commanded by John F Kennedy. The closest I can come is pic of 315 ( if attachment comes out ). Appreciate your time.
Cheers
Brian