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 Author  Topic: PT658 gets repaired and re-launched
Jerry Gilmartin

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Hello PT Boaters,
Last Weds the crew of "Save the PT Boat" in Portland completed temporary repairs on the hull of PT658 and relaunched her into the Williamette River at the Cascade General Shipyard. We were assisted by Clark Caffel on his Tugboat "Ramona III" and the Campbell Cranes Company, as well as the riggers from Cascade General Shipyard across the lagoon from our base. Here are some pictures in case you are interested. We had two exciting moments when we discovered a leak in the engineroom below the Stbd engine oil cooler (it was a loose hose fitting) and then when we tried pulling the boat away from the cradle the engine orders got mixed up and almost ran the boat into the bottom of the cradle as it was being lifted up. We missed running into the cradle by about 1 foot. Just a litttle too much excitement in one day for this 65 year old boat!

Also, this weekend, we held a "NW PT Boaters Bull Session" sponsored by John Akin, and we took the boat underway with veterans/guests along for the ride. The boat handled well and passed our inspections with only minor problems noted. We had all three V12 Packard engines running and they sounded great. We are planning to replace the deck of the boat inside the boathouse this winter so this will be the last time for a while that the PT658 will be underway. Enjoy the pictures!

Jerry PT658 Portland OR


The Patch below the chine:


Crew Meeting on Barge before launch


Sunrise at Cascade Shipyard


Lifting boat and cradle from barge


PT658 flying high above the barge


PT658 just about to touch the water


Holding the boat on the cradle to inspect for leaks for 45 minutes


Leak in Engine Room from Oil Cooler loose Hose Fitting


Good view of empty cradle in water


View of Barge, Cradle, Tugboat, and Crane from PT658 as she returns home


Finally safe back inside the barn


Jerry Gilmartin PT 658 Portland OR

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sparky51

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Great pix and work by your crew Jerry. Still like to get up your way and see that PT. Think 658 will be back in the H2O for the Rose Festival?

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Frank J Andruss Sr

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Jerry, the photos are just awesome. I love seeing the boat in her WWII Cradle, and enjoy it more that she is home in the water. Hats off to your Crew and the whole organization. Thanks for sharing. I know we are all concerned about the boats welfare............


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David Waples

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Great to see her back where she belongs. Congratulations to you and the rest of your team.
Dave

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Will Day

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WELL DONE!

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  TED WALTHER

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Outstanding Job!
Bravo Zulu to you and the crew!!
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Peter Krogh

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Excellent! It's good to see her afloat again.

Pete


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Glad to see you guys back in the water!

..................from the crew of 728




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  Jerry Gilmartin

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Thanks Tom!
Good luck this weekend at the Bridge Walkway dedication! Jerry

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