Military Ocean Terminal at Bayonne

Military Ocean Terminal At Bayonne

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Military Ocean Terminal at Bayonne (MOTBY) was a U.S. military base located in the Port of New York and New Jersey which operated from 1942 to 1999. The site is on Upper New York Bay south of Port Jersey on the eastern side of Bayonne, New Jersey.


In 1932, a basic plan was initiated to build a port terminal off the east coast of Bayonne into the bay to create additional industrial, maritime, and distribution space. After he plan was completed in 1939, dredging and filling began. At the outbreak of war, the Navy was looking for a location for a port on the East Coast and became interested in the site for a large dry-dock and supply center. The Bayonne military base was opened by the Navy in 1942 as a logistics and repair base, well connected to the transportation network of the Northeast Corridor.

During World War II, the Elco Naval Division produced nearly 400 Elco PT boats for the U.S. Navy. After experimentation, the first PT boat built in any quantity was the type. Later and types were built. More Elco boats were built than any other type of US motor torpedo boat. The most notable PT boat was PT-109, commanded by future president John F. Kennedy. In the film PT 109, the "Elco" script logo can be seen on the cockpit throttle housing in several scenes.

After the war MOTBY became port for part of the Atlantic......
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