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twhyte

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The USS New York will be arriving in NY Harbor for the first time on Monday November 2, 2009. She will be commissioned on the following Thursday November 8th at Pier 88 (next to the Intrepid).

The New York contains steel in her bow section that was salvaged from the World Trade Center.

The crew of PT 728 is honored to be taking part in the flotilla of ships that will greet her as she enters the Harbor at 0730 Monday morning.

http://www.ussnewyork.com/ussny_about.html


http://pt728.com/USSNewYork.html

Tom


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Frank J Andruss Sr

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Tom

Thank you very mcuh for the update. I am sure all those onboard will be proud to be a large part of History as it unfolds. Although I will be out of town, I hope that others will take full advantage of this day and purchase a ticket. For those of us that will not attend, we hope you will have plenty of nice photographs to share on the message board or on PT-728 website. I hope the weather is wonderful and that all goes according to plan..............


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Check out the USS New York web site:

http://www.ussny.org/

Very interesting.

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twhyte

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Thanks for the words of encouragment Frank. Too bad you can't be there. I will post plenty of photos

Just a crazy coincidence, but my picture is on the USS New York website. I almost ..... when I saw it. It was taken at ground zero.

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This is the USS New York this morning in the Mississippi River in New Orleans in heavy fog.


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Wow! Nice shot. I can only hope that we have a clear day when she enters New York Harbor.

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Any photos out there with the PT 728 and the USS New York yet ? I have seen a few of the New York in the papers lately and she does look pretty. I read somewhere that there were a lot of volunteers for that duty.

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My local news did a very small piece on the USS NEW YORK, but I did not see PT-728. I am sure Tom will fill us in on this mst historic day. I can't wait to see the photographs............


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I suppose I should have checked before I put my post here. If you go to PT-728 Web Site, you can click on the News report, which shows the ship and PT-728 with an interview with Tom Whyte. Nice job Tom, I hope the day went fantastic. Very somber moment............


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Hello All, sorry for not posting sooner.

Frank, thanks for pointing out our website photos. I am in the process of building a page dedicated solely to the USS New York trip. here is the link

http://www.pt728.com/NewYorkphotos.html

This was without a doubt, the greatest experience I have had to date with PT 728. Also being retired FDNY, this ship has a very special meaning to me.

We started the trip off on Sunday Morning when we left Kingston, NY with a load of guests and headed south to Manhattan's North Cove Marina. At the North Cove we docked on the South side adjacent to Liberty Street. This was the location where the retired FDNY Firebnoat John J Harvey came back in service to help on 9/11. We spent the night on 728.

The crew was up at 0500 and began preparing the boat for the day's events. At one point, WPIX news showed up and stuck the microphone into "Yours truley's" face LOL. I was able to stumble my way through a quick interview.

We departed the North Cove at 0640 and ran down alongside Brooklyn's shoreline through the Buttermilk Channel and then down through the Bay Ridge channel to the 22 buoy in Gravesend Bay, where we were scheduled to meet the USS New York at 0730. The ship was right on schedule and the entire event ran like clockwork. The US Navy and the USCG did a first rate job putting this together.

We fell in behind the Sandy Hook Pilot Boat 1 and directly in front of the USS New York. Having that ship just off my stern was a sight that I will never forget! The entire flotilla headed North to the World Trade Center site where we arrived at 0810. Everyone went to "All Stop" and dipped their ensigns to half Staff in honor of the victims of 9/11. While everyone in the Harbor held a moment of silence, the New York fired a 21 gun salute. We were not able to hear it from the PT Boat, but radio communication on 21A kept us abreast of everything. The walkways around lower Manhattan were filled with uniformed military, police and fire personnel and their families. It truly was a great sight.

After this brief stop, we resumed our journey to Pier 88 which is right next to the USS Intrepid. The Flotilla proceeded past Pier 88 to to the vicinity of 137th street and came about. The USS New York and her tugboat escorts were now the lead vessels. We fell in behind them and stood just off the Intrepid as she docked. All around were helicopters of all types, fireboats giving water displays and boats of every description watching as the New York made a perfect landing.

After that we proceeded back to the North Cove to discharge some very cold, but happy people!


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