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PT-558



Call sign:
Nan - William - Item - Item

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 7 July 1943 by Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 21 September 1943
  • Completed 2 November 1943
  • Placed in service 22 November 1943 with Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWENTY NINE (PTRon 29) under the command of Comdr. S. Stephen Daunis, USN
  • PTRon 29, assigned to the Mediterranean, based at Calvi, Corsica, and Leghorn, Italy, and had action along the northwest coast of Italy and southern coast of France, operating under the British Coastal Forces
  • On the night of 14/15 June 1944, PT 558, PT 552 and PT 559 torpedoed and sank the German corvettes TA 26 and TA 30 between La Spezia and Genoa, Italy
  • Transferred 23 November 1944 to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron FOUR (PTRon 4) under the command of Lt. Comdr. Jack E. Gibson, USN
  • PTRon 4 was the training squadron, based at the MTB Squadrons Training Center, Melville, R.I. It was the largest squadron, having a peak of 28 boats in service at one time. When the training center was decommissioned early in
    1946, PTRon 4 was assigned to the Operational Development Force, and based at Solomons, MD
  • Placed out of service 28 January 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register 25 February 1946
  • "Old Man Mose" was transferred to the War Shipping Administration 12 March 1948 and sold
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One quad-20mm Elco Thunderbolt mount, one 37mm mount, one 20mm mount, four 21" torpedoes and two twin .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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