PT-615 History

80′ Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 14 March 1945 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 18 July 1945
  • Completed 5 September 1945, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron FORTY TWO (PTRon 42) under the command of Lt. Comdr. James A. Danver, USNR
  • PTRon 42 was the only squadron commissioned after the cessation of hostilities. Although assigned to the Pacific Fleet, it was never shipped to the Pacific
  • After being placed out of service 28 January 1946, PT-615 was reclassified as a Small Boat C105341 and used as a pleasure yacht by actor, Clark Gable


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80′
  • Beam 20′ 8″
  • Draft 5′
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm, four 21″ torpedoes, one 37mm deck gun, one 20mm mount and two twin .50 cal. Browning machine guns
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.


From NavSource Online