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 Author  Topic: Missing PT Boat? Has anyone seen PT658?
  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: Jun 4, 2011 - 10:57pm
Hello Shipmates!
I am pleased to be able to post brand new photos of the newly camoflaged PT658. She is sporting her new Measure 31-20L paint scheme. We are striving to make the boat appear as she looked when she was acceptedby the USN on 31July1945. We also added a new crews head projecting out from the transom. We cant find any volunteers to christen the new head while we are cruising down the river at 42 knots! Enjoy the pics! Jerry

Preparing to get underway



Skipper Chuck and Jerry discuss underway plans



40mm with new paint job



40mm shows new crews head out from stern



Stbd side



Stbd broadside view



Stbd quarter view



Port quarter view



Aft Port quarter view



How do you guys like the new paint job? Also, I wanted to say Thanks to our illustrious webmaster Dick Washichek, whose awesome calendar drawings were used as the basis for the camoflage pattern, as well as the one diagram we found showing measure 31-20L on a Higgins PT Boat.
Jerry PT658 Portland OR

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Jeff D

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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: Jun 5, 2011 - 12:36am
Awesome Jerry, well done. The new paint gives her a whole new look that leaves no mistake that it is a war boat. I really like it.

Once again, well done Mr. Gilmartin.



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Frank J Andruss Sr

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Jerry

It looks like a different boat. It looks wonderful, and I bet you guys are so proud of her. Why can't something like this be near my home, I would be at the dock every day. GREAT JOB JERRY, HATS OFF TO ALL OF YOUR CREW OF VOLENTEERS. You certainly kept this a top Navy secret.....................


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Gary Szot

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Awesome job Jerry. Congratulations to the crew and all those that made it happen.


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Will Day

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Bravo Zulu, Jerry, to you and all the guys. She looks great!

Will

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Drew Cook

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Man, Jerry -- that is an awsome, and beautifully deadly-looking paint job.

The 658 looked neat in her original, restored gray livery, but now she looks absolutely fantastic! No one can mistake her now for anything but what she was intended to be -- a war-fighting, combat boat!

Great job by all concerned.


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CJ Willis

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Hi Jerry: That paint job made the boat really look like a Higgins. Looks greart!! That new head looks pretty fancy. Ours was just a wooden 50 cal. ammunition box supported by 2-2x4's that cantilevered over the stern. They slipped under the smoke generator so we could remove it when we were underway. If nature called while on patrol you just had to hang over the stern and hold on to the light standard. I would love to come up there sometime and take a ride on that boat. I would like to see if I could fit into the port turret now. As a crew member I could straddle the bull nose and lookout for logs.

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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: Jun 5, 2011 - 11:37am
Thanks everybody for your kind comments! HEY CJ! You know you have a "standing invitation" to come out and go aboard the boat. Generally we try to get underway for the WW2 PT Boat veterans. I sure hope you can come out to see the boat. I remember when your son Randy came out and he loved seeing it. Take care, Jerry

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TED WALTHER

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Jerry;
The boat looks great! All you guys need is for someone to make the rocket launchers. I am sure John was proud of the stern appendage, so If I ever get out there in his honor, I will christen it underway. I know I can because we had a more Spartan arrangement, that I used on rivers in both Columbia and Venezuela.
Take care,
TED








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TED WALTHER

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Jerry;
Sorry I posted without photo explaination. The photo is of RON 20 PT 248(VIBERATORY)'s Exec using the somewhat upgraded version of the same unit. The 248's LPO QM1/C Edward "NED" Ganley lived near me on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. His wife let me copy some photos of 248 and the crew.
Take care,
TED


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