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Wednesday, October 12, 2011
PT-557 MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE
Launched 18 September 1943
Completed 30 October 1943 and placed in service with Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWENTY NINE (PTRon 29) under the command of Comdr. S. Stephen Daunis, USN
PTRon 29, assigned to the Mediterranean, based at Calvi, Corsica, and Leghorn, Italy, and had action along the northwest coast of Italy and southern coast of France, operating under the British Coastal Forces
This photo of PT-557 was taken on the Hudson River heading up to Detroit after the war had ended. Volunteers took the PT-Boats to Detroit for display for 2 weeks, then they were brought back through the locks and ended up at the Brooklyn Navy yard. On the way back they were ordered to go slower as ,when they went up the Hudson at speed their wakes swamped and damaged several docks along the shore. I suppose 7 PT Boats doing 40 knots could do that......