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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Able - How - William

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 30 December 1944 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 7 May 1945
  • Completed 30 May 1945
  • Placed in service 31 May 1945 and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron FORTY (PTRon 40) under the command of Lt. Comdr. George E. Cox, Jr., USNR
  • PTRon 40, assigned to the Pacific Fleet, arrived at Samar, Philippine Islands, in the summer of 1945, but had no action with the enemy prior to the cessation of hostilities
  • The "Hangover Square" was placed out of service 21 December 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register 8 January 1946
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission in May 1946 and sold
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 37mm mount, one 40mm mount, one 20mm mount, two Mk 50 rocket launchers, 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-600 166k Stern view of PT-600 tied up pierside. Note the extreme aft position of the torpedo roll-off racks. The low box in front of the forward rack is for rocket storage
    U.S. Navy photo from "Allied Coastal Forces of World War II: Vol. II" by John Lambert and Al Ross
    Robert Hurst
    PT-600 42k Samar, Philippines
    From the collection of Frank Shannon, courtesy of his daughter Kathy
    Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-600 396k Frank Shannon: Back row, 2nd from right
    From the collection of Frank Shannon, courtesy of his daughter Kathy
    PT-600 459k c. 1944
    Frank Shannon in the port side .50 cal. mount
    From the collection of Frank Shannon, courtesy of his daughter Kathy
    PT-597, 598, 600, 599, 591 & 592 99k c. 1945
    Samar, Philippines
    PT-597, PT-598, PT-600, PT-599 and PT-592
    From the collection of Richard M. Landis, MoMM3c
    John De Noma
    PT-600 153k c. 1945
    Calabarzon Region, Philippines
    Unidentified PT boat believed to be PT-600
    Photo courtesy of Ty LaStrapes
    Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-600
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