Bayonne Historical Society Meeting To Focus On PT (Patrol Torpedo) Boats Tonight

Bayonne Historical Society to Focus on PT Boats at Meeting on September 13

President Lee Fahley of the Bayonne Historical Society announced that the organization will have a presentation on the history of PT boats at its meeting on Tuesday, September 13, at 7:00 p.m.

The meeting will take place in the O’Connor Gallery on the second floor of the Bayonne Free Public Library, which is located at 31st Street and Avenue C.  

President Fahley will offer a brief history of Elco, the company that manufactured PT boats in Bayonne during World War II.

He will then discuss the boats themselves. The event will include an exhibit of PT boat memorabilia, including posters and artifacts from Elco.

Videos about PT boats will also be part of the program.

At the meeting, the Historical Society would welcome anyone who served on PT boats or who made them, or the family members of PT boat veterans or Elco employees. 

The Historical Society would like to thank the Bayonne Women’s Club for providing the refreshments for the September meeting. 

This program will be the kick-off event for the Historical Society’s 2022-2023 season.

September is membership renewal month.  Dues notices will be mailed shortly. Anyone with questions or comments about the upcoming meeting or other events may contact Lee Fahley at 201-436-5978.

Please visit the Bayonne Historical Society on Facebook and remember to like the organization there

Banner Image: PT boat.  Image Credit – Wikipedia

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