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PT-189



Call sign:
Nan - Yoke - Peter - Uncle

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 19 November 1942 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 30 January 1943
  • Completed 19 February 1943, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWELVE (PTRon 12) under the command of Lt. Comdr. John Harllee, USN
  • PTRon 12, assigned to the Southwest Pacific, had action in New Guinea waters at Morobe, Dreger Harbor, Hollandia, and Mios Woendi, and in the Philippines at San Pedro Bay and Ormoc. It also based for a time at Kana
    Kopa, New Guinea, but had no action from this base
  • Transferred 10 May 1943 to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron SIX (PTRon 6) under the command of Lt. Clark W. Faulkner, USNR
  • PTRon 6 arrived in the South Pacific in time for its boats to participate in some of the last actions with the Tokyo Express at Guadalcanal. Later it had action at Rendova, Vella Lavella, Treasury, Bougainville, Green, and Emirau.
    After its transfer to the Southwest Pacific in May 1944, the squadron was decommissioned and its boats were distributed to replenish other squadrons which had suffered operational losses
  • Transferred 29 May 1944 to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron EIGHT (PTRon 8) under the command of Lt. Edward I. Farley, USNR
  • PTRon 8, assigned to the Southwest Pacific, had action in New Guinea waters at Tufi, Morobe, Kiriwina, and Aitape; at Rein Bay and Talasea on New Britain, and in Philippine waters at Mindoro, Zamboanga, and Tawi Tawi.
    The squadron based for a time at Kana Kopa, Dreger Harbor, and Mios Woendi, New Guinea , and at San Pedro Bay in the Philippines, but had no action at these bases
  • The "8 Ball", ex-"Night Mare", ex-"Carolina Queen" was placed out of service 28 October 1945, stripped and destroyed at Samar, Philippines.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, two torpedoes, two twin .50 cal. machine guns, one 37mm mount and one 20mm mount
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-189 106k Borneo
    Inboard of PT-129
    From the collection of LTJG William Skade, commanding PT-143
    Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-189 109k From the collection of LTJG William Skade, commanding PT-143

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-189
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