|Bow of PT-617, sole surviving example of an ELCO manufactured PT Boat|
Battleship Cove has two PT boats, one built by Higgins in New Orleans, the other built by ELCO (Electric Launch Company) in Bayonne, NJ.* The boats are housed in a protected shed with a number of cool PT boat related displays.
Did I mention how much I love PT boats?
|I might be able to afford this one. Maybe?|
|A diorama depicting a PT boat base somewhere in the Pacific.|
|Murphy and I were pondering what use a mortar would be on such a pitching, rolling and yawing platform.|
|View of the bridge, a twin .50 mount and the aft end of the starboard torpedo tube.|
|Another view of that gun mount and the plaque denoting this boat as a National Historic Landmark.|
|40 mm gun mount.|
|More cool models. Note, again, the mortar.|
|This boat seems to have no torpedo tubes. Does have racks for them though.|
(See further below.)
|Another diorama depicting a PT boat base.|
|PT-796, a Higgins built PT boat.|
(This boat is a National Historic Landmark as well.)
|While this is in the PT boat area, it's not a PT boat. I want one!|
|A peek inside the galley. My Uncle Charlie's favorite (sic) luncheon meat is visible.|
(Two cans! Oh, the humanity! Oddly enough, I enjoy it.)
|The torpedoes here are not enclosed in a tube, simply mounted in racks.|
|40 mm gun mount (aft) backed up by a 20 mm mount.|
|"ELCO and Higgins PT boats, Know Your PT Boat US Navy July 1945" From a 1945 Navy Training Manual|
|Hey buddy! You can't park there!|
Uh, go right ahead General. Didn't know that was your ride!
|Left rear tire looks flat. Still and all, I want it. I can replace the tire. I wonder if it runs?|
I'll be back with more. Make sure you check out Battleship Cove's website and head on over to Murphy's as well. He always has cool stuff and he has a crap ton of photos from our visit as well.
* ELCO is still in business, building motor yachts on the Hudson River in Athens, NY.