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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Flying Boat Tender call sign:
King - Charlie - Nan - Victor

70' Vosper Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 8 February 1945 by Annapolis Yacht Yard, Inc., Annapolis, MD
  • Launched 14 March 1945
  • Completed 5 April 1945
  • Placed in service 6 April 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register 28 November 1945
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration 15 August 1946 and sold to the Hughes Tool Co. of Houston, TX for use as a tender to support the operation of the Hughes H-4 Flying Boat, aka
    the "Spruce Goose"
  • Registered in 1948 to the Hughes Aircraft Co. of Culver City, CA as the miscellaneous vessel Flying Boat Tender
  • Sold to Universal Studios and used in the opening title scenes of the television show, "McHale's Navy"
  • Sold to Mayor Hal Crozer of Hawthorne, CA in the 1990's and converted to a sport fishing boat
  • In 1992 she broke from her moorings near Santa Barbara, CA during a storm, washed up on the beach and was destroyed.


  • Displacement 39 t.
    1948 - 75 t.
  • Length 70'
    1948 - 71.3'
  • Beam 19'
    1948 - 19.2'
  • Draft 4' 9"
    1948 - 7.1'
  • Speed 40 kts.
  • Complement 12
    1948 - Seven
  • Armament: Two 21" torpedoes, two twin .50 cal. machine guns and one 20mm mount
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-694 364k The "Spruce Goose" flying boat tender Stewart W. Bailey

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-694
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