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victorkchun

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message   Posted on: Apr 19, 2009 - 2:39pm
In one picture (I don't remember where it came from) I saw something
like a fighter plane gun sight mounted behind the "wind shield" Could it
be the latest torpedo director? I might have posted this before but
can not find it now. Please help!
Victor

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  Jerry Gilmartin

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Jerry Gilmartin   Send Email To Jerry Gilmartin Posted on: Apr 19, 2009 - 6:24pm
Hello again Victor!
I think I know the photograph you are referring to. It is posted on Bill Maloneys website, http://www.williammaloney.com/Dad/WWII/MiltWWII/MiltWWIIindex.html and has a section dedicated to his Dad and his dads freind Milt Donadt. Milt was a crewman on the PT 557 when they took that trip up the Hudson river in Oct 1945 for Navy Day exhibits in Detroit. One of our "Save the PT Boat" founding members Jim Brunnette, MoMM1/c was also along on that trip and you can see him sitting in uniform in the center of the photo talking to the man with the hat on.

Anyway, there are two of those "gunsight reflector' devices visible in the foreground of the picture, on the helm of the PT 557 and in my best guess is a reflector type indicator to see the magnetic compass located in the overhead of the 80 foot Elco's Charthouse. The device makes it possible to read the compass either from the helm or the Navigators position. The other one is possibly connected to the Flux Gate Gyrocompass Master Indicator. The torpedo director is not installed in this picture, but you can clearly see the empty mounting bracket for the torpedo director just above the voice tube over to the right of the compass device. I think that Dr Al Ross or Frank Andruss would be able to verify this guess of mine. Jerry



Same subject looking astern


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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Nuge210   Send Email To Nuge210 Posted on: Apr 20, 2009 - 7:12am
Victor,

Page 12 has a couple posts you might want to check. One with photos of an Elco bridge and one a Higgins bridge.



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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of alross2   Send Email To alross2 Posted on: Apr 20, 2009 - 4:29pm
From "Rocket", a CNO publication dated August 1945:



These being for the MK50 5" rocket launcher.

Al Ross


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TGConnelly

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Jerry and Al?

Just where do you guys all of these neat photos?


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What a great photo, is it an illusion or does the lower left wheel spoke look like a cutaway to show construction?



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No Jeff,

That was one spoke handle that was mounted differently for better grip when spinning the wheel.

Garth


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  Jerry Gilmartin

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Jerry Gilmartin   Send Email To Jerry Gilmartin Posted on: Apr 21, 2009 - 4:09pm
Hey Garth,
I just am a professional web surfer when it comes to scrounging whatever I can find. I am amazed at Al's picture too! That is so cool! Rocket Launcher sights? How cool is that? Jerry

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What a great photo, is it an illusion or does the lower left wheel spoke look like a cutaway to show construction?




This is a pre-565 boat (throttle on left), likely from the 486-563 series (shape of windscreen), and probably 558 (related photo in "Rocket"). It's hard to tell the condition of the grips from the journal photo. The real ones were Bakelite and bolted to the cast aluminum wheel rim. Time and rough use may have been hard on them and they may be broken in this photo. The grip at 3 o'clock seems to be completely missing, only the bolt remaining.

Here's the photo from the ELCO parts manual:



Al





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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Jeff D   Send Email To Jeff D Posted on: Apr 21, 2009 - 5:09pm
Thank you Al.



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