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During World War II one of his many successful designs was his version of the Patrol Torpedo boat, or PT.
Wooden craft in a steel navy, their lightweight construction and powerful engines made them fast and maneuverable. With a top speed of over 40 knots -more than 45 miles an hour - the PT boat was the fastest vessel in the US Navy.
Built as an offensive weapon, they had one mission: sink enemy ships.
PTs traveled under the cover of darkness, in small groups, stalking their prey.
They attacked with torpedoes, cannons and machine guns, at close quarters, appearing suddenly out of the night and then fading away into the darkness, making them a tough target to hit.
PT-305, the PT you see here, launched in 1943 in New Orleans.
Proudly named the “USS SUDDEN JERK” by her first crew, she was deployed to the Mediterranean Theater of Operations.
During her two years of service, 44 men called her home as she patrolled the coasts of Southern France and Italy.
PT-305 conducted over 77 patrols, took part in 2 invasions, and sank 3 enemy vessels.
Sold as military surplus after the war, PT-305 spent the next six decades working as a commercial vessel up and down the east coast of the United States.
After ten years of restoration by a team of over 200 dedicated volunteers, working over 120,000 hours, and the generous support of companies and individuals, PT-305 is back on the water -- the only fully restored and operational combat-veteran World War II PT boat in existence.
Now you can experience what her crew experienced. Feel the speed and power as you ride on one of the very boats that battled the Axis and helped to win World War II.
In the words of PT captain John D. Bulkeley…
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