, In April 1942, Bulkeley led his squadron in an attack on the Japanese cruiser Kuma. Everything on this Web site authored by Finn J.D. PT-113 "Green Banana / Zero Chaser" Â grounded/abandoned August 8, 1943 “We’ll get her up to speed and do a nice turn with her to see what she can do,” Benedetto said, before spinning the wheel and launching the boat into a graceful maneuver as it glides across the lake’s surface. PT-193 "Bitchin' Witch" captain Taylor scuttled June 25, 1944 PT-658 Â restored in 2005 by Save The PT-Boat You've taken me out of the jaws of death, and I won't forget it.". PT-121 "Snafu" Â sunk by friendly fire March 27, 1944 Knowing this, I am sure that every American, if faced individually with the question as to where General MacArthur could best serve his country, could come to only one answer. I know nothing about this boat, or why it’s here. PT-9 was to serve as the prototype for all the early Elco PT boats. This type of construction made it possible for damage to the wooden hulls of these boats to be easily repaired at the front lines by base force personnel.  During the Guadalcanal and Solomon Island campaigns in 1942–1943, the PT boats of Squadrons (MTBRON) 2, 3, 5 and 6 would lie in wait to ambush a target from torpedo range, generally about 1,000 yards (910 m).. To them, it looked like their youth. When these weapons were found to be successful, they were incorporated onto the PT boats as original armament. In addition, the Canadian Power Boat Company produced four Scott-Paine designed PTs for the U.S. Although the American Mark 8 torpedo did have problems with porpoising and circular runs, it could and did have success against common classes of targets. One captured Japanese soldier's diary described their fear of PT boats by describing them as "the monster that roars, flaps its wings, and shoots torpedoes in all directions.". In April 1941, MTBRON 1 reported enthusiasm over the 81-foot Higgins (PT-6), and with the Higgins showing such good seakeeping further purchase of Scott-Paine boats was unnecessary. PT-32Â used to evacuate General MacArthur's staff from Mariveles PT-23Â aborted voyage to Midway Atoll due to broken crankshaft However, during the second endurance run, which was made in a very rough sea for this size boat, structural failures again occurred in PT-70. PT-67 sunk March 17, 1943  He ordered his crew to man the .50-caliber machine guns and get ready to launch torpedoes. The exhilarating moment onboard the Higgins Industries Patrol-Torpedo boat was just one of many as Fox News got an early ride on the finished product of a multi-year project at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. He also granted permission for Elco, Higgins, and the Philadelphia Navy Yard to use his patented laminated keel, which increased hull strength, although neither Elco nor Higgins ever chose to use it on their boats. PT-41 therefore pulled up at the wharf first, with MacArthur on the bow. December 12, 1942 by gunfire from destroyers Kawakaze and Suzukaze PT-659 was in terrible shape, but there were pieces of it that could be used to make 658 whole.
The larger punch of the 37mm round was desirable, but the crews looked for something that could fire faster than the single-shot army anti-tank weapon. PT-167 survived the war, scuttled November 11, 1945
MacArthur later defended his decision to take her instead of an American nurse.  They also performed lifesaving and anti-shipping mine destruction missions during the invasion. Cost to the Government fully equipped $206,600. By the war's end, most PTs had these weapons. As gunboats they could be effective against enemy small craft, especially armored barges used by the Japanese for inter-island transport.
It was a massive, weatherbeaten old hulk, 78 feet long and 20 feet wide, wallowing by the dock on Treasure Island in the Alameda estuary of San Francisco Bay. On 11 July 1938, invitations to builders and designers were issued with prizes awarded for the winning PT boat designs given out on 30 March 1939.  MacArthur's wife, Jean MacArthur, and young son, Arthur MacArthur IV, went with him to Corregidor. , Brett went back to Leary, expecting to be turned down again, but this time, Leary gave Brett the aircraft he wanted. “I’m real anxious to get aboard and hear those engines start up and feel the vibrations under my feet again,” James Nerison, a U.S. Navy Torpedoman 1st Class on PT-305, told Fox News. 77' Elco
 He therefore approached Vice Admiral Herbert F. Leary, the commander of naval forces in the Anzac Area, to ask for a loan of some of twelve newly arrived Navy B-17s. Here's what happened. Some time earlier, a storm had sunk it in the bay; luckily, it had only been in a few feet of water, and easily refloated, but now it lay low in the water, its bilges heavily laden with silt and gravel and water that had seeped in where the hull had been patched. The boats also used a lot of high octane gasoline for their size, making them too expensive to operate for a peacetime navy.  Bulkeley contributed to a book about his PT squadron's exploits, entitled They Were Expendable. But when the city built one as an ambulance boat, it flopped. Structural weaknesses resulting in transverse fractures of deck planking.  To Joseph Goebbels, MacArthur was a "fleeing general", while Benito Mussolini labeled him a coward. In an important note after winning the design competition for the smaller PT boat, George Crouch wrote that Hickman's Sea Sled design would be far superior "in either rough or smooth water to that of the best possible V-bottom or hard chine design". PT-157 "Aces and Eights / Old Pickle Puss"Â scuttled November 27, 1945 “PT sailors’ dreams afloat once more,” Portland Oregonian, 08 Jun 2004; National Register of Historic Places registration form, “Motor Torpedo Boat PT-658,” 04 Sep 2012), TAGS: #PLACES-#THINGS: #historic #mcguffins :: #EVENTS: #war :: #PEOPLE: #doers #warriors #promoters :: # #marine #famous #underdog :: LOC: #pdx :: #270. The Porpoise was one ugly boat in 1992 when the guys from Portland first laid eyes on it.
She was reclassified as a harbor patrol boat (YP 110) for the duration of the war. Additionally, a few PT boats were equipped to carry naval mines launched from mine racks, but these were not commonly used. PT-33