PT Boats, WWII, good video of interior

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  1. ithaca_deerslayer

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    Like most gun nuts, I also like me some military history stuff. PT boats are cool.

    I found this video (the first one below) on what is one of few (very few to only?) running American PT boat (restored) from WWII. In my opinion, it is a rare video because it shows the interior. First video shows the forward areas, and second video shows the engine room. I added additional videos I like that show the starting up, backing out, and running of PT 658.

    There were two makers of American boats, the Higgins, which these videos of restored PT 658 show. The other is Elco, which is varoiusly also shown in the last video below (a short documentary) with both the Higgins and the Elco making appearances.

    Hope you find some of these interesting :)


    View: https://youtu.be/mLxW-Y8xevg



    View: https://youtu.be/4sx_AxoK7Cc



    View: https://youtu.be/4_ON2TWiHPI



    View: https://youtu.be/Xq3x_noQ-bk



    View: https://youtu.be/b2dN4P0R0bs



    View: https://youtu.be/vTkvl-JzkZc



    View: https://youtu.be/LA_tXADrrnU


    https://youtu.be/yPsHuULFwlU

    https://youtu.be/OYNzxncVodQ
     
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  2. PBCounty

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    Pretty cool, thanks.
     

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    My first close up look at a PT boat.Terrific video.Thanks.
     
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    Always loved PT boats. Thanks for the video!
     
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    The DeLand Naval Museum is restoring a PT boat on site.

    https://www.delandnavalairmuseum.org/projects.html

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    PTF-3 Fast Torpedo Boat. Launched in 1962, this 80-ft mahogany-hulled Patrol Torpedo (PT) boat was part of a joint U.S./Norway Fast Boat program. Acquired by the Kennedy Administration, the boat was designated as a U.S. Navy Nasty Class, Patrol Torpedo Fast Boat, Hull #3, or PTF 3. The first of 20 boats of her class, PTF 3 was named “Fast and Nasty” and commissioned in May 1963 at Little Creek, Virginia, before being stationed in DaNang, South Vietnam, where it was used to raid and insert Special Ops Teams into North Vietnam. The PTF special ops boats served on hundreds of covert missions throughout the Vietnam War (1964-1975), inserting SEAL teams and South Vietnamese Commandos into enemy territory. Returned to the States in the 1970's, PTF 3 served as a dive boat for the U.S. Navy technical dive school at Key West, Florida, until she was retired in 1977 and sold for scrap the following year.

    PTF 3 sat idle for almost 25 years in south Florida until December of 2001, when the boat was donated to Boy Scout Troop 544 of Orange City, Florida. In 2005, after a journey of many fits and starts, the boat finally arrived at the DeLand Naval Air Museum to undergo a complete restoration. With the help of the National Vietnam War Museum, Vietnam Veterans of Central Florida, the City of DeLand and the City of Sanford, PTF 3 has a bright future. It is the mission of Boy Scout Troop 544 to return this historic PT boat to service as a BSA Sea Scout/U.S. Navy Sea Cadet Training Vessel and living history museum that will honor the service of all veterans "
     
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    Wonderful videos, thanks for posting.
     
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    Just a little information of interest, the TCS radio transmitter and Receiver shown in the video was the common radio in most Naval vessels. PT and Higgins boats, Destroyers on up had them. What is not usually known is that there were WWII USMC and Navy radio jeeps also equipped with the TCS.
    Took me 5 years to put this ol gal back in shape.

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    Very,very nice!
     
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    Cool video's ID.
    Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Thanks for posting that. Awesome.
     
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    TBO Why so serious? CLM

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    Great stuff, Thx for posting.

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    I liked the gun locker they had below deck. I should get those make/models in my home collection.

    :)
     
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    I did not know that any PT boats were left to restore.

    Great posting.
     
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    Same here. I thought the Kennedys wrecked them all. :dunno:
     
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    For those interested in a bit of history on PT boats, I recommend United States PT-Boats of World War ll in action by Frank P. Johnson. His book covers the origins, and usage in both the Pacific and European theaters.

    I think the Germans had a better boat in that most of their hulls were aluminium and diesel powered compared to mahogany (I think) and av-gas powered.
     
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    The US boats were faster.

    I think it depends on mission. German boats were in short supply. Wood boats for the Brits and US were more available.

    While the Brits and Germans slugged it out in the English channel, the US and Japs played tag between islands. Fun times for all :)
     
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    There were numerous encounters in the Mediterranean theater also.
     
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    Never saw the 5" rockets before. Interesting.
     
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    Very cool!
     
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    That's the naval area of WWII that I know the least about. French and Itailians, too :)
     
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