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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive

Courtesy of Tommy Trampp


Call sign:
Nan - William - Jig - Uncle

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 13 July 1944 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 30 January 1945
  • Completed 20 February 1945
  • Placed in service 21 February 1945 and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron THIRTY NINE (MTBRon 39) under the command of LT Charles A. Bernier, Jr., USNR
  • MTBRon 39, assigned to Pacific Fleet, arrived at Samar, P.I., in July 1945, and was there at the cessation of hostilities. It had no action with the enemy
  • The "Dianamite II" was placed out of service 24 December 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register 8 January 1946
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission in May 1946 and sold
  • Named Big Flamingo and used as a sightseeing boat out of Wildwood, NJ
  • Sold to Captain Dave Shinn of Shark River, NJ and renamed Miss Belmar
  • Sold to Captain Gene DeVito of Highlands, NJ and renamed Capt. Louie
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm, 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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    Size Image Description Source
    Elco Radar Masts
    PT-486 119k Last type of Elco radar mast used on PT-564 - 624 in 1945
    Elco Radar Mast Drawing No. 37 Scale 3/8" = 1'
    F/V Miss Belmar
    PT-577 76k c. 1955
    Leaving Shark River, NJ
    Photo from Mel's Place courtesy of Captain Dave Bogan, Sr.
    Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-577
    Details and Special Specifications for Building Motor Torpedo Boats PT-565 - 624
    Historical Naval Ships Association.
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