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S-09
ex-V-264



V-264 call sign:
Charlie - George - Yoke - Baker

ex-MTB-258
ex-PT-9


PT-9 served the Navies of the United States and Canada

70' Scott Paine Experimental Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down by the British Power Boat Co., Ltd., Hythe, Hampshire, England
  • Acquired by the Navy 24 July 1940, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron ONE (PTRon 1) for evaluations
  • PTRon 1, under the command of Lt. Earl S. Caldwell, USN, was the first squadron commissioned, and originally was made up of experimental boats
  • Transferred 8 November 1940 to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWO (PTRon 2) under the command of now Lt. Comdr. Caldwell
  • PTRon 2 tested the first 70' Elco boats in Florida and Caribbean waters in the winter of 1940/41
  • Transferred to the Royal Navy 11 April 1941 and reclassified HM MTB-258
  • Transfer to the Royal Navy canceled, subsequently transferred to Canada 23 September 1942 and reclassified V-264 where she served in the Halifax and Gaspe area as a harbor defense force vessel
  • Reclassified S-09
  • Reassigned in March 1943 to Quebec for blackout patrols on the Saint Lawrence River
  • Reassigned in 1944 to Toronto, Ontario as a range control and safety vessel
  • Returned to U.S. custody 1 February 1945
  • Sold for scrap 5 September 1946
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists transfer to the War Shipping Administration in October 1946.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 55 t.
  • Length 70'
  • Beam 20'
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Armament: Four 18" torpedos and two twin .30 cal. Browning machine guns
    Torpedoes removed prior to transfer. Machine guns retained and eight depth charges added by Royal Canadian Navy
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard V12 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts
    Reengined with two 550hp Kermath V-12 gasoline engines.
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    PT-9 158k The Navy's first PT boat, the Scott-Paine PT 9, is unloaded from SS President Roosevelt in New York, September 5, 1939
    ELCO Naval Division, Electric Boat Co. photo from "At Close Quarters PT Boats in the United States Navy" by Captain Robert J. Bulkley, Jr., USNR (Retired)
    Robert Hurst
    PT-9 141k c. 1939
    Undergoing test runs off of New York
    Bill Gonyo
    PT-9 18k . .
    PT-9 60k
    PT-9 115k PT-3 and PT-9 during test runs
    PT-3 128k PT-3 and PT-9 during test runs
    From the collection of Robert C. Houston
    Bob Houston
    PT-9 36k Note the extreme similarity between this boat and the 70' Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, PT boats. The most notable differences are the short pilothouse and small turret domes
    Elco photo from "Allied Coastal Forces of World War II: Vosper MTBs and US Elcos" by John Lamber and Al Ross
    Robert Hurst
    PT-9 82k Seen here are the 18" torpedo tubes on PT-9. The torque rods and training gear are clearly shown. The ten 70'-PTs mounted nearly identical tubes
    U.S. Navy photo from "Allied Coastal Forces of World War II: Vosper MTBs and US Elcos" by John Lamber and Al Ross
    PT-9 58k Seen here are the original Dewandre turret dome on PT-9. Note the relatively small size and the .30 cal. Browning guns
    U.S. Navy photo from "Allied Coastal Forces of World War II: Vosper MTBs and U.S. Elcos" by John Lamber and Al Ross
    PT-9 94k LCDR Earl S. Caldwell
    Photo from argentaImages
    Bill Gonyo
    PT-9 115k c. 1940
    LT James D. Ball (left) and LCDR Earl S. Caldwell (right)
    Life magazine photo
    Jerry Gilmartin, MMC, USN, Ret.
    PT-9 121k c. 1940
    LCDR Earl S. Caldwell (in cockpit)
    Life magazine photo
    PT-9 133k PT-9 with the Under Secretary of the Navy embarked
    Photo caption: New 'Mosquito Boat' ready for action. Washington, D.C., June 19, [1940]. The PT-9, first of the American Motor Torpedo Boats to be delivered to the U.S. Navy under the President's $15,000,000 experimental small craft program had a preview showing for the press today. The 'Mosquito Boat' and eight other ones will be based at the Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, Va., where they will undergo service tests under various sea conditions to determine their capabilities and limitations. This is the same type of boat that the government is in the process of releasing to the British Navy. Chairman David L. Walsh of the Senate Naval Affairs Committee expressed indignation over the Navy's action in this respect in view of the fact that this government is trying to build up its own sea power
    Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress
    Bill Gonyo
    PT-9 125k 19 June 1940
    Photo caption: The PT-9, first of the new 'Mosquito Boats' to be delivered to the U.S. Navy under the President's $15,000,000 experimental small craft program had a preview for the press today. This is the same type of boat that the government is in process of releasing to the British Navy, causing great unrest and indignation in Capitol circles. Eight other boats will be based at the naval operating base, Norfolk, Va., to undergo severe seagoing tests. The squadron will be known as the Mosquito Fleet and the insignia which was designed by Walt Disney consists of a mosquito riding on the top of a high speed torpedo. Shown in the picture is Lieutenant Earl S. Caldwell, USN, Commander of the squadron
    Library of Congress photo
    PT-9 99k Seventy-foot Elcos of PTRon 2 at the Washington Navy Yard in January 1941. PT-9 is against the pier in the second row inboard and can be distinguished by its smaller turret domes and low pilothouse
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo from "Allied Coastal Forces of World War II: Vosper MTBs and US Elcos" by John Lamber and Al Ross
    Robert Hurst
    PT-3, PT-12, PT-10 & PT-9 230k PT-3, PT-12, PT-10 and PT-9 probably in the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, NY Keith Brayer

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