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Patrol torpedo boat PT-105
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USS PT-105
Career
Name: PT-105
Builder: Elco Motor Yachts, Bayonne, New Jersey
Laid down: 5 February 1942
Launched: 4 June 1942
Completed: 26 June 1942
Commissioned: June 1942
Decommissioned: November 1945
Fate: Scrapped, 1945
General characteristics
Type: PT boat
Displacement: 56 long tons (57 t) (full load)
Length: 80 ft (24 m) (overall)
Beam: 20 ft 8 in (6.30 m)
Draft: 3 ft 6 in (1.07 m) maximum (aft)
Propulsion:
  • 3 × 1,500 hp (1,119 kW) 12-cylinder Packard gasoline engines
  • 3 shafts
Speed: 41 knots (76 km/h; 47 mph) maximum (trials)
Endurance: 12 hours, 6 hours at top speed
Complement: 3 officers, 14 enlisted men
Armament:
Armor: Deck house fitted with armor plate to protect against rifle bullets and splinters

PT-105 was a motor torpedo boat of the United States Navy during World War II. The 80-foot (24 m) vessel was built by the Elco Motor Yacht Company of Bayonne, New Jersey, in early 1942, and served until the end of the war.

Service history[edit | edit source]

PT-105 was commissioned in June 1942, as part of Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 5,[1] under the command of Cdr. Henry Farrow.[2] From September 1942 until early in 1943 she served on the Panama Sea Frontier, when she was transferred to the Solomon Islands. PT-105, under the command of Lt. Richard E. Keresey,[3] was present during the action with Japanese destroyers in the Blackett Strait on the night of 1–2 August 1943, in the aftermath of which Lt.(jg) John F. Kennedy's PT-109 was sunk. On the 22nd of that month, she participated in a daylight raid on the Kolombangara coast that provoked a considerable fight between PT boats and enemy coastal guns. At the end of 1944 MTB Squadron 5 was disbanded and its remaining boats distributed to other squadrons.[1]

On 15 February 1945 PT-105 was transferred to MTB Squadron 18, under the command of Lt. Edward Macauley III, and saw action in New Guinea; at Manus Island in the Admiralties; and at Morotai in the Halmaheras. She was also based for a time at Kana Kopa, New Guinea, and in San Pedro Bay, Philippines, but saw no action there.[1]

The vessel was placed out of service on 1 November 1945, and later stripped and scrapped at Samar, Philippines.[1]

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