PT-109 is widely known as the torpedo patrol boat John F. Kennedy commanded during World War II. It sank when it was run over by a Japanese destroyer while under his command, but he was also in charge of another patrol boat during the war, PT-59, which some people say is the boat that was recently found in the Harlem River.
After the war the PT-59 was sold as Navy surplus and used as a fishing boat, but a former schoolteacher who used the World War II patrol boat as a houseboat in the early 1970s says that it is Kennedy’s boat based on the hull number he found while living aboard.
The boat’s remnants were discovered in the mud during a construction project to prevent a railyard from flooding. Efforts are being made to recover more of the vessel and to affirmatively establish its provenance.