PT Boats Inc. Archives and LibraryPT Boats, Inc. is an organization established by veterans of WW II PT service to preserve the story Patrol Torpedo Boats and the men who manned and supported the "Mosquito Fleet."
Headquarters is in a suburb of Memphis Tennessee where the majority of the organization's photographic collection numbering many thousands are kept. Additionally, manuals, charts, periodicals of the era, some logs and diaries, film and factory blueprints are housed here. Other holdings include memorabilia ranging from a Japanese bugle, to propaganda leaflets and Shellback certificates.
Over one hundred books either mentioning or exclusively about PTs have been collected along with other naval references.
The collection focuses on WW II PT boats in the United States Navy; however, limited information has been accumulated about foreign coastal and patrol craft including a small amount about the Korean and Vietnam-era patrol craft.
Archives are open by appointment for research. Some searches can be done by staff if questions are specific. Copying service is available at reasonable rates. Large copying orders will have postage added.
A modeler's kit listing blueprints and line drawings for sale may be obtained free of charge. 8x10 photo reprints are available for reasonable cost. Although a merchandise catalog isn't available, an order blank listing souvenirs caps, shirts, videos, books, jewelry, etc. is.
PT Boats, Inc. restored two PT boats to WW II configuration. PTs 796 and 617 may be seen at the organization's museum which is part of Battleship Cove in Fall River, Massachusetts. Both PTs are National Historic Landmarks.
Archives open by appointment only. Squadron, boat, tender and base documents, diaries, factory blueprints, manual, charts, memorabilia, books. Most of the collection is not catalogued. Several thousand photos filed by boat, squadron, tender and base number. Membership and souvenirs available.
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