Thank you to George W. Young for sending this image. Charlie Rice, who has contributed other old images seen on this site, says: "I just discovered that the PT-boat picture on the same page that you posted my downtown/Bayfront Park photo shows the Navy's "PT-boat Shakedown Detail" commanded by Guadalcanal veteran Lieutenant Commander Alan R. Montgomery. It was established in April 1943 to shake down the PT-boats manufactured by the Higgins and Elco companies. I thought you might like this information." Thanks, Charlie!
Charlie also says: "The SCTC commandant was Commander Eugene Field McDaniel, an Annapolis graduate who had served aboard the destroyer Livermore on anti-submarine duty in the North Atlantic before his transfer to Miami."
And more from Charles W. Rice, published in the "Tequesta Journal":
He refers to German U-boats and submarines off the US coast sinking ships that supported the war effort:
"...Part of its answer to the U-boat dilemma was the establishment of the Submarine Chaser Training Center (SCTC) at the old Port of Miami along downtown Biscayne Boulevard. Its purpose was to instruct subchaser officers and men in the maritime combat skills necessary to operate the anti-submarine fleet then under construction and effectively search out and sink the offending enemy marauders. Between 1942 and 1945, the SCTC became Miamiís largest industry as it washed across Biscayne Boulevard to absorb the ritzy hotels; extended its dominion over the cityís piers; and served as the nationís primary training site for subchasers to kill Axis submarines, escort ships carrying men and equipment to the theaters of war, fearlessly lead amphibious invasions against fortified enemy beaches, and perform a variety of ancillary tasks in the face of enemy bombs and bullets..."
A British film about "America's Mosquito Navy" at Miami is at: http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=12532