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 Author  Topic: Elco 80's aboard a tanker
Jeff D

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I ran across a photo of a merchant tanker showing 6 earlyish Elco 80s that was oddly named, Lend_Lease._SS_Span_Van_Manilia_^^_-_NARA_-_197298.jpg. I thought it might be the SS Stanvac Manila but the NARA identifier wasn't a help. One PT number looks like 185 or 165 or 169 or... The day room cabin trunk cowl vent was only used up to 186 so that leaves the 195 out. The other number looks like it might be a 17x boat but again the fuzziness is too bad to really tell. For some reason, some of the boat numbers have been erased. If anyone has further information I'd appreciate it. Here's the photo, a 3000x 2000 pixel version is linked under the smaller one:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lend_Lease._SS_Span_Van_Manilia_%5E%5E_-_NARA_-_197298.jpg

The National Archive page:
http://catalog.archives.gov/id/197298

A blowup of the numbers visible:





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  TED WALTHER

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Jeff;
What a great photo!!!!! While the name is a typo, I think it is actually SS STANVAC CAPETOWN, with RON 11 boats (notice boat with what looks like "185" (inside ). Notice positioning of boats in my photo compared to your photo.

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PT Boats onboard S.S.Stanvac Capetown


RON 7 boats PT 68 and PT 143 aboard SS Stanvac Capetown.

Also, in your photo, notice none of the boats have radar(which RON 10 boats had SCR 517 radar), all have tubes, and all are gray.
These are not RON 10 boats. All of RON 10 boats(163-174) were painted in Adapter scheme at Bayonne(ELCO PLANT) in JAN-MAR 1943.
Take care,
TED
P.S. The SS STANVAC CAPETOWN did earlier transport RON 7 to Brisbane. notice 2nd photo, If you have Victor's book look at page 21. Because I scanned this from the book it isn't as wide as the photo in the book, in the book you can see another 80' gunnel on the port side of PT 68, making them 3 boats wide. But since Bill Quinby took the photo, he only really focused on PT 68, his boat.


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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Dick   Send Email To Dick Posted on: Apr 6, 2017 - 10:45am

Interesting . . . .
It appears they blurred out the two most obvious PT numbers of two of the starboard side boats in the center section, and probably thinking numbers on the other boats weren't complete enough to worry about them.




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Great port & starboard profile shots of early Elco 80-footers.

Thanks, Jeff!


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You're welcome guys, and thank you Ted! Would you happen to know all the boat numbers?



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TED WALTHER

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Jeff;
Not yet.....
Take care,
TED


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