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Old November 23rd, 2016, 06:09 AM   #16
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I am suprised no one mentioned PT 109.

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Old November 23rd, 2016, 07:40 AM   #17
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We all grew up on PT-73 anyway didn't we? Haha.
Yall may be interested to know that on the show they only had one real PT boat! The rest were "Crash Boats". If I remember right they were 45' or so long & only had two Packards in them. I had one in high school but the deck had been cut down & engines had been replaced with 6-71 two valve diesels. I have a great uncle who was a, for lack of a better term "Frog Man" in the Pacific. His job was to jump from the running crash boat, swim to the downed plane, get the pilot out, hook him to his harness & wait for the boat to come back by & snag them up on the fan tail- all the while the Japs were shooting at them!
On another note in 1959 my Grand Daddy took a job in St Petersburg Florida one summer to oversee the retrofit of three PT boats with diesel engines. I remember watching those big Packards being swung up outta the engine hold by cables on an old Bantam dragline- after the decks were butchered down about 24" They built a long cabin down the middle & after that they would load those boats up with day fishers & idle out & anchor in the Gulf.
If I have to sell a rifle to finance it I'm gonna ride those Packards next spring!

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Old November 23rd, 2016, 09:52 AM   #18
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These old farts get into trouble, sometimes..



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Naw, that couldn't happen. Surely any old fart at the helm of a PT could resist the urge to see how far forward the throttles could go! (It would have to be a kick ass ride! If I could ever go out on a PT and up in a B 17 I'd be ready to cash in my chips.)

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Naw, that couldn't happen. Surely any old fart at the helm of a PT could resist the urge to see how far forward the throttles could go! (It would have to be a kick ass ride! If I could ever go out on a PT and up in a B 17 I'd be ready to cash in my chips.)
Did you catch the comment the lady made? They have too be escorted by the Sheriff... I have seen those old Granpa's lean on it from the shore line and it will move!

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Old November 26th, 2016, 02:49 PM   #20
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I am suprised no one mentioned PT 109.
I read when I was a kid that after the 109 boat went down and JFK was rescued and finished his survivor's leave, he was sent back to the Pacific. He was given a PT boat that was used as a gun boat (no torpedoes, just extra guns on it), against Japanese barges around the Solomon Islands. Word was that Kennedy was pissed about the 109. When he sunk a barge, he had the crew spray a few extra rounds around the area, and he did not take prisoners.

My father having served on a destroyer during the war was telling me that at full throttle the crew sat or laid down on the deck and held on to something. The boat bounced so much on the open water that if you tried to stand, you would fall and bounce up and down off the deck and possibly get injured. -Lloyd

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I read when I was a kid that after the 109 boat went down and JFK was rescued and finished his survivor's leave, he was sent back to the Pacific. He was given a PT boat that was used as a gun boat (no torpedoes, just extra guns on it), against Japanese barges around the Solomon Islands. Word was that Kennedy was pissed about the 109. When he sunk a barge, he had the crew spray a few extra rounds around the area, and he did not take prisoners.
Here ya go...

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Did you catch the comment the lady made? They have too be escorted by the Sheriff... I have seen those old Granpa's lean on it from the shore line and it will move!
Yeah, I heard her comment. The first thing I'd have to do is see if the Sheriff could keep up with me riding in my wake! Did you know the basic design of the PT's came from rum runners in the 30's used off the east coast? The big ships would stay more than 3 miles off the coast. The rum runner would come out to load up and then get back to the drop point without being accompanied by the Coast Guard. I think you'll enjoy this video of an old rum runner being chased:


The Elco PT's could run almost 40 knots (about 46 mph) which is really hauling ass for a 78' boat weighing 45 tons!

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