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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Queen - Baker - Roger

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 29 March 1945 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 28 July 1945
  • Completed 21 September 1945, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron FORTY TWO (MTBRon 42) under the command of Lt. Comdr. James A. Danver, USNR
  • MTBRon 42 was the only squadron commissioned after the cessation of hostilities. Although assigned to the Pacific Fleet, it was never shipped to the Pacific
  • The "Big Red Cock", ex-"Dragon Lady" was placed out of service 28 January 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register 25 February 1946
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration 23 October 1947 and sold
  • Displayed at the Battleship Cove Naval Museum in Fall River, MA.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, four 21" torpedoes, one 37mm deck gun, one 20mm mount and two twin .50 cal. Browning machine guns
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PT-617 143k Depicted in Measure 31/20L camouflage. This post card view was published by PT Boats Incorporated
    Photo by Al Ross, II from "Naval Camouflage 1914-1945: A Complete Visual History" by David Williams
    Robert Hurst
    PT-617 215k Restored PT-617 at Battleship Cove before Newberry Hall was built over it
    Photo by Tom DelRossi from "Allied Coastal Forces of World War II: Volume II" by John Lambert & Al Ross
    PT-617 93k

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