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
In All Theaters Of WWII
"PT" was the US Navy
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
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,
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
Most boats were stripped
to prevent use by foreign powers
or smugglers. A few were
private yachts, although they were
designed to be expendable. Having
fuel tank capacity of 3000 gallons,
they consumed 185 gallons of
100 octain aviation gas per engine
flank speed. Fully war-loaded, PT's
could exceed 45 knots or with mufflers
closed, sneak in unobserved at
three knots. Hulls were usually
camouflaged to blend with the
operation. Weight about 55 tons
Two Post Cards With WWII
PT Boats Inc.
Veterans Of The PT
Modelers, History Buffs, Friends
Relatives Of Veterans
Can Be Found At 1384
Germantown, Tn. 38138
When On The 'PT
click 'PT Links'
Visit Several Web Pages
Hosted By Ex
PT Boat Sailors That Were
There When PT Boat
History Was Being Made.
P.T. Base SIXTEEN
Base 16 Was
Island Of Isabella About Twenty Miles
Of Zamboanga. FEMU Crane
#6 Was Stationed There For
Most Of The Time The Base
Was In Use. Here Are Two Pictures
Of A Part Of The Base.
Crane Barge #6 In The Background.
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
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
below the water line. An assortment of fuel barges carrying from
to 100,000 gallons of high octain gasolene to fuel the MTB'S were also
F.E.M.U. had 275, more or less, officers and
at any given time. The Unit was formed at PT Base 21 at Woendi
New Guinea in 1944 and was moved to a small island opposite PT Base 17
The Surigao Strait near Tacloban, Philipine Island. In 1945 it was
with Base 17 to Samar, P.I. The Barges and attending
traveled all over the Philippines either to other P.T. Bases or with
escorting PT Squadrons on their various assignments.
The War over, The Barges and the PT Boats were scrapped,
personel re-assigned or sent home. F.E.M.U. was no more.
Al Moore F.E.M.U.
Crane Barge No. 6
P.T.'s Had to have a Base or
Ship As Operational Headquarters
For Repair, Refueling And As A Place
SAMAR the PHILIPPINES
Was The Biggest In The World
If You Were Stationed There Or Want To
Anything About The Base
Locate Personel Or Join The Roster Of
Email Vincent W. Alones
A WORLD WAR II REUNION
OF P.T. BOATERS
ONCE EACH YEAR
CLICK PLACE AT THE BOTTOM
OF THIS PAGE AND
GO TO A GALLERY PAGE
SHOWING A FEW OF
THE HUNDREDS OF OLD MEN
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.
When Ex-WWII P.T. Boat Sailors
Who Live In Areas Where
They Can Easily Get
Togather, Hold Small Informal
Other Than The
Reunion, Where Hundreds
Boaters From All Over The World
A Four Or Five Day Extravaganza
Place In The U.S.A.
P.T. Boaters Met In Omaha, Nebraska For
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
Once Each Year.
The First Weekend After Easter Was
As The Time.
Bull Sessions Have Been Held At
Locations With-in These Six States.
Anybody Interested In World War Two
Can Visit Or Join.
Here Are A Few Pictures Of The MID-AMERICA-MOSQUETO-FLEET
AT THE 2003 BULL SESSION AT
AS CAN BE EXPECTED, TELLING SEA
IS THE ORDER OF THE DAY
Critic, E-Mail Al Moore
Of Life In The F.E.M.U. <FEMU>
The History Of An F.E.M.U. Barge
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