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  PT-486 (C105335, Sightseer, 109)
USN
PT-Boat
80' Elco

56 Tons
80' x 20' 8" x 5'
1 x 40mm
2 x Twin .50 cal MG
4 x 21" torpedoes

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Robert Iannucci 2012
Ship History
Built by Electric Boat Company (Elco) in Bayonne, NJ. Laid down July 27, 1943. Launched October 16, 1943. Completed November 25, 1943. Commissioned December 2, 1943 into the U.S. Navy (USN) as PT-486.

Wartime History
During December 1943, PT-486 was to be assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 33 (MTBRon-33). Instead, assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 4 (MTBRon-4) under the command of captain Lt. Comdr. Francis D. Tappaan, USNR for use as a training vessel at the MTB Squadrons Training Center in Melville, RI.

Postwar
In early 1946 assigned to Operational Development Force at Solomons, Maryland. Placed out of service January 6, 1946. Struck from the Naval Register February 7, 1946. Reclassified as a small boat C105335 on August 27, 1946. Transfered to the War Shipping Administration and sold as war surplus.

On October 9, 1951 purchased by BFM Industries of Brooklyn, NY and operated by Captain George C. Sinn of Wildwood Crest, NJ. In 1954 sold to Otto F. Stocker and named "Sightseer" an operated from Ottens Harbor in Wildwood, NJ.

During 1978, sold to Charles Schumann. Next, sold to Ron Sinn, who restore the the vessel with replica torpedo tubes and "109" [PT-109] on the bow and bridge painted gray and the hull painted white. On the stern was "Bayonne, NJ". By 2012 in storage on blocks and offered for sale at Ottens Harbor in Wildwood, NJ.

Today
During July 2012 sold to Robert Iannucci / Fleet Obsolete. On July 14-25, 2012 transported by truck from New Jersey to Fleet Obsolete in Kingston, NY. Stored outdoors with a cover atop the hull at Fleet Obsolete.

References
At Close Quarters PT Boats in the United States Navy (1962) page 455, 477, 584 (index)
Navy Source - C105335 ex-PT-486 (photos)
YouTube "PT-486 in transit on the New York State Thruway to Fleet Obsolete" July 24, 2012

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Last Updated
August 4, 2020

 

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