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Forum Category: PT Boats of WWII

Forum Name: PT Boats - General

Topic: Don Rosencrantz

Don worked in the hull department while at the Elco Naval Division, but it was not long before they found out he had a wonderful talent for building scale models. A craftsmen at heart, Don began building several scale models of the boats and even some of the weapons systems. In these photos you will see this wonderfully crafted model of the Elco Thunderbolt system which was made mostly from a light-weight metal material. The ID card from Rosencrantz was donated to my PT BOAT EXHIBIT by his daughter. The other photo shows the model of PT-41 built by Rosencrantz and being held by none other than Lt. John D. Bulkeley with his father Frederick looking on. Rosencrantz is in the crowd of Elco workers close to the stage with the pipe in his mouth.


Posted By: Frank J Andruss Sr | Posted on: Mar 9, 2021 - 10:49am
Total Posts: 3446 | Joined: Oct 9, 2006 - 6:09am

Truley an artist.

Posted By: Gary Paulsen | Posted on: Mar 9, 2021 - 3:21pm
Total Posts: 249 | Joined: Feb 14, 2009 - 6:31am

He sure was Gary. Closeups up his models show that his work is virtually perfect. It's hard for a mere hacker like me to grasp such ability. Lt. Bulkeley's father looks impressed!

Thanks Frank, I hadn't seen that presentation image before. From a bill you had posted before, the boat models took about 2,800 hours to create and Don charged $2 an hour. That was quite a bit back then, any idea what he made at his regular Elco job?

Posted By: Jeff D | Posted on: Mar 10, 2021 - 6:08am
Total Posts: 2193 | Joined: Dec 21, 2006 - 1:30am

Not sure what he earned at Elco. One thing I do not have in my Elco files is an old paycheck or earnings from the employees. If I do I will be sure to post it

Posted By: Frank J Andruss Sr | Posted on: Mar 10, 2021 - 2:34pm
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