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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive

PTF-1
ex-PT-810


89' Aluminum Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 1 December 1948 by Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME
  • Launched 2 June 1950
  • Completed 24 November 1951
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 November 1959
  • Reinstated on the Naval Register and reclassified as a Fast Patrol Craft, PTF-1, 21 December 1962
  • Sunk as a target 1 August 1965 off Vietnam.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 90 t.
  • Length 89'
  • Beam 24' 1"
  • Draft 5' 9"
  • Speed 40+ kts.
  • Armament: Two 40mm mounts, two twin 20mm mounts, one .50 cal. machine gun, one 81mm mortar and one smoke generator
  • Propulsion: Four 2,500hp Packard W-100 gasoline engines, four shafts.
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    PT 810
    PT-810 105k Bath Iron Works photo from the collection of Steven Ribiero and LCDR Robert Beveridge, USN, Ret. Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-810 256k LTJG Robert Beveridge the first commanding officer of PT-810
    From the collection of Steven Ribiero and LCDR Robert Beveridge, USN, Ret.
    PT-810 318k LT Robert Beveridge and family
    From the collection of Steven Ribiero and LCDR Robert Beveridge, USN, Ret.
    PT-810 142k 8 - 12 June 2011
    Portland, OR
    LCDR Robert Beveridge, USN, Ret. at the helm of the restored PT-685 during the June Rose Festival Fleet Week
    From the collection of Steven Ribiero and LCDR Robert Beveridge, USN, Ret.
    PT-810 109k 8 - 12 June 2011
    Portland, OR
    LCDR Robert Beveridge, USN, Ret. on board the restored PT-685 during the June Rose Festival Fleet Week
    From the collection of Steven Ribiero and LCDR Robert Beveridge, USN, Ret.
    PT-810 & PT-811 70k PT-810 and PT-811 running together in echelon somewhere on Chesapeake Bay
    U.S. Naval Institute photo
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    PT-810 241k PT-809, PT-810 and PT-811 in formation
    From the collection of Steven Ribiero and LCDR Robert Beveridge, USN, Ret.
    Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-810 247k
    PT-810 220k c. November 1950
    Starboard side view and internal profile
    Photo from U.S. Small Combatants: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman
    Robert Hurst
    PT-810 182k c. November 1950
    Overhead view as completed
    Photo from U.S. Small Combatants: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman
    PT-810 81k Original photo: c. 1951
    Courtesy of "Our Navy" magazine
    Replacement photo: c. April 1951
    Chesapeake Bay
    Under the command of LT Franklin Joyce
    National Archives photo 80-G-428137 from the collection of Steven Ribiero and LCDR Robert Beveridge, USN, Ret.
    Original photo: Robert Hurst
    Replacement photo: Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-810 114k 1 May 1952
    East River, New York
    With "Gar" Wood aboard. In the 1930s Garfield "Gar" Arthur Wood designed a launch for the U.S. Navy and demonstrated it for Franklin D. Roosevelt, but the Navy turned it down. The design was the forerunner of the PT boat
    From the collection of Steven Ribiero and LCDR Robert Beveridge, USN, Ret.
    Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-810 884k The newly completed PT-810 running trials in Chesapeake Bay. PT-810 was armed with two 40mm guns (fore and aft) and two twin 20mm guns and the prototype 81mm mortars. Surface-search radar has not yet been fitted, but the mast does show UHF dipoles as well as an HF whip. Note its relatively spacious bridge, characteristic of the experimental boat
    Photo from U.S. Small Combatants: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman
    Robert Hurst
    PT-810 233k c. August 1952
    PT-810 as complete, with its SPS-5 surface-search radar. The two twin 20mm guns in all four experimental boats were mounted en echelon, so that both could fire on both broadsides, a decision reflecting preference for tha arrangements of the wartime Elcos
    Photo from U.S. Small Combatants: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman
    PTF-1
    PT-811 79k Fitting out at Subic Bay, Philippines .
    PT-811 60k .
    PT-811 91k
    PT-811 124k Line drawing
    PT-810 131k c. 1963
    U.S. Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    PT-810 378k 3 May 1963
    Off Little Creek, VA
    From the collection of Steven Ribiero and LCDR Robert Beveridge, USN, Ret.
    Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Franklin Joyce, USN1951
    02LTJG Robert Beveridge, USNNovember 1951
    03LTJG David D. Beadling, USN1952
    Courtesy Jerry Gilmartin

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-810
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