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PT  BOAT's
 
The  Eighty  Foot  Elco  -------- And --------- A  72  Foot  Huckins
The  78  Foot  Higgins

  Patrol Torpedo  Boat's
Used  By  The  U.S. Navy's  Mosquito  Fleet
In  All  Theaters  Of  WWII

   "PT"  was  the  US  Navy  Designation  For  "Patrol  Torpedo  Boats"  During
WWII  too  small  to  be   named,  they  were  numbered.
Most  Motor  Torpedo  Boats  were  given  fanciful  unofficial  nicknames
which  were  painted  on  by  artistic  crew  members.
   Huckins,  Higgins  and  Elco  manufactured  about  800  boats in  77,  78  and
80 foot  lengths  with an   average   21-foot  beam,  and   4 1/2  foot draft.
 It's  laminated  mahogany  hull  was  held  together  with  glue  and 400,000
Screws.  Fast  and  highly  maneuverable,  they  were  elusive.
Powered  by  three  Packard  Marine  engines  of  1500  or  more
horsepower  each,  these  boats,  with  three  props  and  three  rudders,
accelerated  from  eight  to  forty  knots  in  about  eleven  seconds.
Except  for  a  few  experimental  craft,  production  ceased  at  the war's  close.
 Most  boats  were  stripped  and  burned  to  prevent  use  by  foreign  powers
or smugglers.  A  few  were  converted  to  private  yachts,  although  they  were
designed  to  be  expendable.  Having  a  fuel  tank  capacity  of  3000  gallons,
they  consumed  185  gallons  of  100  octain  aviation  gas  per  engine  hour  at
flank speed. Fully  war-loaded,  PT's  could  exceed  45  knots  or with mufflers
closed, sneak  in  unobserved  at  two  or  three  knots.   Hulls  were  usually
camouflaged to  blend  with  the  area  of  operation.   Weight  about  55  tons

Two  Post  Cards  With  WWII  Dated  Postmarks

PT Boats  Inc.

   Veterans  Of  The  PT  Boat  Navy
 Modelers,  History  Buffs,  Friends  And  Relatives  Of   Veterans
National  Headquarters
Can  Be  Found  At  1384  Cordova  Cove  #2
Germantown,  Tn.  38138
Phone  901-775-8440               Fax  901-751-0522
WEB  >www.ptboats.org<
When  On  The 'PT  Web  Page'
click  'PT  Links'  and  Visit  Several  Web  Pages
Hosted  By  Ex  PT  Boat  Sailors  That  Were
There  When  PT Boat  History  Was  Being  Made.

 
BASE  16   CHAPEL....................................BASE  16  OUT-DOOR  MOVIE
P.T.   Base   SIXTEEN
 Base  16  Was On  The  Island  Of Isabella  About  Twenty  Miles  South
Of  Zamboanga.   FEMU  Crane  Barge  #6  Was  Stationed  There  For
Most  Of  The  Time  The  Base  Was  In  Use.  Here  Are  Two  Pictures
Of  A  Part  Of  The  Base.  FEMU  Crane  Barge  #6  In  The  Background.

You  Say
WHAT  THE  HELL  WAS  F.E.M.U.
            The  'Floating  Equipment  Maintenance  Unit'  was a conglomeration of people and barges.  There were pontoon barges with a Quanset in the middle, a ten ton crane on the bow, and a couple of pusher units using eight cylinder Chrysler Marine Engions Aft.  At full RPM and no tide,  two knots could be attained.  There were floating dry-docks used to pick PT Boats out of the water so they could dry out or get neccessary repairs below the water line.  An assortment of fuel barges carrying from 80,000 to 100,000 gallons of high octain gasolene to fuel the MTB'S were also included.
     F.E.M.U. had 275, more or less, officers and men at any given time.  The Unit was formed at PT Base 21 at Woendi Island, New Guinea in 1944 and was moved to a small island opposite PT Base 17 in The Surigao Strait near Tacloban, Philipine Island. In 1945 it was moved with Base 17 to Samar, P.I.   The Barges and attending personel traveled all over the Philippines either to other P.T. Bases or with Tenders escorting PT Squadrons on their various assignments.
   The War over, The Barges and the PT Boats were scrapped, the personel re-assigned or sent home. F.E.M.U. was no more.

                                                                            Al Moore   F.E.M.U.
                                                                            Crane  Barge  No.  6
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P.T.   BASE    SEVENTEEN
P.T.'s  Had to have a Base or Tender Ship As Operational Headquarters
For Repair, Refueling And As A Place To Stay Between Patrols.
Base   17   At   SAMAR   the   PHILIPPINES
Was The Biggest In The World
If You Were Stationed There Or Want To Know Anything About The Base
Locate Personel Or Join The Roster Of Base Veterans
Email Vincent W. Alones
<pbase17@aol.com>

P.T.  BOATER'S  REUNIONS
A  WORLD WAR  II  REUNION  OF  P.T.  BOATERS
****TAKES  PLACE****
ONCE  EACH  YEAR  SOMEPLACE  IN  THE  U.S.
 CLICK  PLACE  AT  THE  BOTTOM  OF  THIS  PAGE  AND
  GO  TO  A  GALLERY  PAGE  SHOWING  A  FEW  OF
THE  HUNDREDS  OF  OLD  MEN  THAT  SHOW  UP

PT  BOAT  Museum
Visit  Battle  Ship  Cove  At  Fall  River,  Massachusetts.
   This  Is  A  Museum  Featuring  Two  Complete  PT Boats,
Thousands  Of  Pictures  And  Artifacts  From  All  Over The  World.
See  What  The  PT Boat  Navy  Did  During  WWII.
<http://www.battleshipcove.com/>

BULL  SESSION'S
HAPPEN  WHEN
  When  Ex-WWII  P.T. Boat  Sailors  Who  Live  In  Areas  Where
They   Can   Easily  Get  Togather,   Hold   Small  Informal  Meetings
      Other  Than  The  Annual  Reunion,  Where   Hundreds
      Of   P.T.  Boaters   From  All  Over  The  World
        Have  A   Four  Or  Five  Day  Extravaganza
        Some   Place   In   The U.S.A.

       "MID-AMERICA  MOSQUITO  FLEET"

          A  Few  P.T. Boaters  Met  In  Omaha, Nebraska  For  A  Bull  Session.
            Being  In  The  Middle  Of  America,  What  Better  Title  Than:
                  "MID  AMERICA  MOSQUITO  FLEET"
             Kansas,  South Dakota, Minnesota,  Iowa,  And  Part  Of  Misouri
            Joined  With   Nebraska  To  Hold  A  Meeting  Once  Each  Year.
             The  First  Weekend  After  Easter  Was  Chosen  As  The  Time.
                     Bull  Sessions  Have  Been  Held  At  Several
                       Locations  With-in  These  Six  States.
            Anybody  Interested  In  World  War  Two  Motor  Torpedo  Boats
                        Can  Visit  Or  Join.
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Here Are A Few Pictures Of The MID-AMERICA-MOSQUETO-FLEET

AT  THE  2003  BULL  SESSION  AT  ARRORA<  NEBRASKA


AS  CAN  BE  EXPECTED,  TELLING  SEA  STORIES  AND  EATING
IS  THE  ORDER  OF  THE  DAY
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        Questions,  Or  Critic,  E-Mail  Al Moore  <almor2@cox.net>

Pictures Of Life In The F.E.M.U.  <FEMU>
The History Of An F.E.M.U. Barge   <BARGE 6>
Pay  A  Visit  To  AL's  Web  Page   <CLICK>