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  PT-174 "Hickory"
Motor Torpedo Boat
80' Elco

56 Tons
80' x 20' 8" x 5'
1 x 40mm Bofors
2 x Torpedoes
2 x Twin .50 cal MG
37mm cannon
20mm cannon

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USN December 1942

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USN January 1944

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USN circa April 1944
Ship History
Built by Electric Boat Co. (Elco) in Bayonne, NJ. Laid down October 7, 1942. Launched December 23, 1942. Completed January 6, 1943 as PT-174. Initially, the bow 40mm Bofors gun had a spray shield installed. Later, this was replaced with a gun shield.

Wartime History
Assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Ten (MTBRon 10). Nicknamed "Hickory". During May 1943 one of five PT Boats (PT-174, PT-173) loaded as deck cargo in cradles aboard SS Stanvac Manila and transported across the Pacific bound for the South Pacific.

On May 24, 1943 the SS Stanvac Manila was torpedoed by Japanese Submarine I-17 roughly 100 miles south of Nouméa on New Caledonia. Due to efforts of the crew, PT-174 was floated off the sinking vessel and towed to Nouméa Harbor. Afterwards, to the Solomon Islands and operated from Rendova PT Boat Base (Lumbari Island / Todd City).

During the night of August 1-2, 1943 PT-174 under the command of Lt. Russel W. Rome departed Rendova PT Boat Base (Lumbari Island / Todd City) as one of of fifteen PT Boats divided into four sections to patrol the Blackett Strait. Patrolling the southern portion of Blackett Strait was PT-174, PT-105 and PT-103. During the mission, PT-174 fired all four of her torpedoes at Japanese destroyers off the southern side of Kolombangara Island. Afterwards, returned to base without claiming and hits and out of torpedoes.

In January 1944, photographed underway at high speed in the Central Solomon Islands.

During April 1944, transferred to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) and operated off New Guinea, Morotai and the Philippines and finally used in the Borneo campaign.

On July 22, 1945 PT-174 under the command of Lt(jg) Robert L. Baker with PT-170 and PT-163 made a daylight attack against Paloe Bay (Palu Bay) in the Celebes (Sulawesi) claiming considerable damage ashore.

On November 11, 1945 placed out of service, stripped of usable parts then destroyed and scuttled off Samar Island in the Philippines.

At Close Quarters PT Boats in the United States Navy (1962) pages 112-113, 120, 123, 438, 461 (MTBRon 10), 562 (index)
Navy Source PT-174

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August 4, 2020


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