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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive

Courtesy of Tommy Trampp


Call sign:
Nan - Peter - Zebra - Dog

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 5 January 1945 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 11 May 1945
  • Completed 5 June 1945, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron FORTY ONE (MTBRon 41) under the command of Lt. Comdr. Bruce P. Van Buskirk, USNR
  • MTBRon 41 had completed its fitting out and was having shakedown at Miami at the time of the cessation of hostilities in August 1945. Although assigned to the Pacific Fleet, it was never shipped to
    the Pacific
  • The "Termite's Delight" was placed out of service 1 February 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register 25 February 1946
  • Reclassified as Bureau of Ships Equipment 22 December 1948
  • Designated a Radio Control Target RCT-1 in 1951
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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, two rocket launchers and two twin .50 cal. Browning machine guns
  • Propulsion: Three 1,200shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PT-601 107k National Archives photo 80-G-256499 Joe Radigan
    PT-601 113k PT-602 outboard of PT-601 Roger Jones
    Photo added 15 November 2020
    PT-601 186k c. July 1945
    National Archives photo 80-G-453471
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    PT-601 144k Photographed from USS LSM(R)-509 in Lock 41 on the Ohio River, on October 13, 1945
    Courtesy of Captain C.W. Stoll, Louisville, Kentucky
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 76091
    Mike Green

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-601
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