24 Facts About PT boat


PT boat was a motor torpedo boat used by the United States Navy in World War II.

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PT boat was very different from the first generation of torpedo boat, which had been developed at the end of the 19th century and featured a displacement hull form.

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Primary anti-ship armament on the standard PT boat was four 21-inch Mark 8 torpedoes, each had a 466-pound TNT warhead and had a range of 16,000 yards at 36 knots.

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In September 1914, Hickman completed plans for a 50-foot "Sea Sled" torpedo PT boat and submitted these to the Navy in hopes of obtaining a contract.

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The resulting PT boat designs were the product of a small cadre of respected naval architects and the Navy.

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Larger PT boat was to not to exceed 80 feet and to carry at least two 21-inch torpedoes, four depth charges, and two.

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The smaller PT boat was to weigh no more than 20 tons so that it could be easily transported by cargo ships.

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Each member of the Board conducted an independent inspection of every PT boat class, evaluating them for structural sufficiency, habitability, access, arrangement for attack control, and communication facilities.

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The Higgins 70' PT boat did not complete this run because of engine trouble.

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PT boat 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.

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Only the British built PT-9 prototype PT boat brought from England for Elco to examine and copy featured a Merlin.

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PT boat was acquired by Fleet Obsolete in June 2008 and moved to Kingston, New York, for possible restoration.

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PT boat named the vessel Schumann's "Big Blue" and ran the business until 2002.

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PT boat named the boat Tarbaby VI, and used her through the 1950s.

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PT boat was sold several times, and moved to Kingston, NY for possible restoration.

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PT-617 is an 80-foot Elco PT boat located at the Battleship Cove Naval Museum in Fall River, Massachusetts.

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The quality of the restoration was extremely high, and the PT boat is on display inside a weatherproof building, on blocks out of the water.

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PT boat is available for public viewing, and has portions of her hull cut away to display the cramped interior of the crew's quarters.

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PT-728, a surviving Vosper PT boat built under license at the Annapolis Boat Yard in Maryland, was restored in Key West, Florida.

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PT-766 is an 80-foot Elco PT boat that is a private yacht located in Washington DC She represents the final class of Elco's with significant updates to the superstructure and radar and was intended for MTBRON 44, but was cancelled due to the end of the war.

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PT boat was transferred back to the United States in April 1945.

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PT boat was reclassified as a harbor patrol boat for the duration of the war.

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The second UK built PT boat is in private hands, floating on a canal north of London and being used as a private residence, though it is remarkably intact in its World War II configuration.

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PT boat design was exported after the end of the Second World War as an unarmed air-sea rescue launch for use by the South African Navy.

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