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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - William - Nan - Roger

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 6 October 1944 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 21 March 1945
  • Completed 10 April 1945, placed in service 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 III" 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
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, one 37mm mount, two 5" Mk 50 rocket launchers, two 21" torpedoes, one single .50 cal. machine gun 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
    PT-588 114k National Archives photo Tracy White
    PT-588 115k From the collection of Richard M. Landis, MoMM3c John De Noma
    PT-588 405k c. 1945
    Bayonne, NJ
    Ed Zajkowski
    PT-588 336k
    PT-588 357k c. April 1945
    Close-up of the forward turret, launching rack and rocket magazine
    U.S. Navy photo from "Allied Coastal Forces of World War II: Vol. II" by John Lambert and Al Ross
    Robert Hurst
    PT-588 371k c. April 1945
    An overall view at the Elco plant, displaying the starboard side of the Measure 31/20L paint scheme. The deck is Deck Green (20-G)
    U.S. Navy photo from "Allied Coastal Forces of World War II: Vol. II" by John Lambert and Al Ross
    PT-588 211k c. 1945
    Photo from Marina II Guerra Mundial (Navy World War II)
    Artwork by Danijel Frka 2018
    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 30 July 2021

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