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    Posted: 10 December 2005 at 2:37pm

Hi

 I am trying to trace the history of my fathers old boat, MGB 85 which I beleive was one of 12 Elco boats from the USA and formed part of the 7th flotilla based at Lowestoft (HMS Mantis)

Any info greatly appreciated

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Basically, MGB85 was the former PTC4, a 70' ELCO PTC.  She and PTC1-12 were transferred to the RN in early 1941 and became motor gunboats.  She was paid off on July 7, 1945 and laid up at Gillingham until the end of 1947.  After that, I don't know what happened to her. 

If you can find a copy of John Lambert's and my Allied Coastal Forces of WWII, vol. 2, you'll see a number of drawings and photos of the type.  It also contains a bibliography for further reading. 

Feed free to contact me directly at alross2@aol.com and I'll email you some photos and drawings that might be of interest.

 

 

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Here are a couple profiles of the 70' ELCO in RN service.

 

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Saw your question from before I joined. I'm Peter, trying to track MGB 84. I have some photos which are said to be MGBs 84, 85 and 86. You can contact me on moahine@pocketmail.com.au if you like.
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Hello Al
Are you getting anywhere with the next volume of the book on the BPBCo boats?
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I had the same question about the BPB book, Al Ross.. I had some emails discussions from John Lambert a while back and he was saying that finishing touches was all that was needed.  My basic question on that book would it include the BPB French Variant and other vessels such as the CAMPER AND NICHOLSON MGBs 502 - 509?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Peter Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 February 2007 at 10:55am
Joeblob,
        Im away from home at the moment, but got a message that someone was querying MGB 85 in Febuary 07. I can"t see if it was other than you but from memory i sent you all I had. Through Al Ross i did get the whole story of MGB 84. There seems no doubt that the ends of 84, 85 and 86 were similar and i did resolve 84 and 86, with 85 being conspicuous by her absence. I am anxious to help in any way I can as i know the frustration and relief of getting to the bottom of the histories. Let me know if I can help further.
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Peter

        Thanks for your help, but unfortunately I seem to have come up against a wall regarding MGB85, I had a lot of useful inforormation from Al Ross.  Other people on the forum helped  in tracing my fathers other boat MTB458 but no luck with the MGB.

                                    John 

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Hi,
 
Between 11th February 1942 & 2nd March 1942 MGB 85 was at HMS St Christopher, Fort William in Scotland. My Grandfather was training on her as Chief Motor Mechanic. Hope this fills a gap.
 
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Hi.I have some information about MGB85.My father purchased this boat in 1956 intending to convert it to a houseboat for us to live in. This never happened.He wrote to the admiralty and received what history they had which I still have. The vessel had some damage to the bow but the number 85 was still visible. I have some photos. I also have some switches taken from the wheelhouse with elco engraved on them.My father owned 85 until about 1964 and sold her to someone in Essex.They finished fitting the engine my father had put in her [an ex landing craft engine] and took her away down the river medway under her own power.
I also have some information about MGB84 as well if anyone is interested.
Hope this is of interest to you.Please let me know if you would like any pictures or maybe the elco switches from your fathers boat. Regards Bruce.
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