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Goat Mascot from Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Training Center

Stuffed blue felt goat mascot with gold mane and tail. M.T.B.S.T.C. U.S. Navy and PT mosquito logo prtined on its right side.

Title: Motor Torpedo Boat Squadrons Training Center (MTBSTC) Stuffed Goat
Accession #: NHHC 2019.013.056
Circa: 1940s
Size: 9.5 x 3 x 10"
Medium: Fabric, Metal
Location: Headquarters Artifact Collection, Naval History and Heritage Command

This stuffed goat is a souvenir from the U.S. Navy Motor Torpedo Boat Squadrons Training Center (MTBSTC). The Motor Torpedo Boat Squadrons Training Center in Melville, Rhode Island, instructed naval personnel in the operation of patrol torpedo (PT) boats. Although only open for a few years, nearly 14,000 PT boat officers and enlisted men trained at the facility before its closure after the end of WWII.

Goats have a long history with the US Navy, from providing fresh milk and meat in the early days of sailing to companionship in more modern times. The goat was adopted as the Navy mascot after Midshipmen attributed the Naval Academy’s win during the 1893 Army-Navy football game to the presence of the USS New York’s goat mascot, El Cid. From that point on, goats have become an iconic symbol of the US Navy.

This MTBSTC stuffed goat is made with a blue felt body, gold felt ears, tail, and mane, and two metal button eyes. The Patrol Boat "mosquito" logo and gold painted text on left and right side reads "M.T.B.S.T.C. / U.S. NAVY."

Photo #: NH 106080 USS Ohio
Description: (Battleship # 12) Ship's mascot goat in his Full Dress costume, circa 1907-1908. Note that he wears the uniform insignia of a First Class Gunner's Mate. This view may have been taken during the Great White Fleet World cruise. Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.
Published: Thu Feb 08 11:57:59 EST 2024