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C105339
ex-PT-559



Call sign:
Nan - William - Item - King

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 10 July 1943 by Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 24 September 1943
  • Completed 4 November 1943 and placed in service 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
  • 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. It was the last squadron to be decommissioned, and its boats
  • The "Black Ruff" was placed out of service 28 January 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register 25 February 1946
  • Reclassified as a Small Boat, C105339, 27 August 1946
  • 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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    PT-559 311k 18 January 1944
    PT-559 which was one of four PTRon 29 boats to carry the 'Thunderbolt.' This photo of her mount shows that the boat was still in Measure 31/5P camouflage
    Elco photo from "Allied Coastal Forces of World War II: Volume II" by John Lambert & Al Ross
    Robert Hurst
    PT-559 100k c. September 1945
    Leaving Rhode Island
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    There is no DANFS history available for PT-559
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