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 Author  Topic: New Pictures of PT658 at Portland Rose Festival 5-10 June
Jerry Gilmartin

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Hello Shipmates!
I wanted to post these recent photos of the PT658 taken 2 weeks ago. We had a great time and showed the boat to a lot of people. I wanted to also show you how the boat looks with her new Radar Mast Courtesy of Don Shannon and Alyce Mary Guthrie of PT Boats Inc. We got underway with several WW2 PT Boat veterans aboard, as well as several Navy and USCG Admirals. I will try to label the pictures just above each photo so you can keep track of what each picture is showing. Sorry it took so long for me to post these! I added a video from Youtube showing the boat returning home on Sunday. Thanks Jerry PT658 Portland

44 second Video showing PT658 underway

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YNeRNwUDqA

Some of the first guests and a presentation of the bouquet to the boat



Master Chief Duncan presents WW2 Binoculars to Skipper Chuck Kellogg on behalf of the Boat



Jim Mitchell Pushing off from the dock



Leaving the lagoon




Jack looking for another target for the 40mm Bofors



Jacks daughter Jill loading another clip into the 40



Jacks wife, the Marvelous Marlene Duncan leads the target tugboat with her gunsight



Two WW2 PT Boat vets and a Seabee on the 40mm



HMCS Oriole, Canadian Navy Sail Training Rig, unfurls her colors



PT658 new Radar mast and 48 star flag silouetted against the Oriole spinnaker sail



99 yrs old Portland Fireboat "David Campbell" welcoming the fleet into Portland



PT658 heads upriver, with good view of weapons up the port side



I really like the way the new Radar Mast adds to the authentic look of the PT658



Houston Texas' QM1/C Clyde Combs of PT515 (present at D-Day) wearing his French Legion of Honor Medal at my request



PT515 Clyde Combs crew and boat



Clydes Medal Certificate



QM1/C Clyde Combs on the Cover story of a French Magazine with some other guys (French President Sarkozy, Prince Charles, Gordon Brown PM UK, Prime Minister of Canada, and President Obama)




Master Chief Duncan explains WW2 Torpedo technology to two active duty sailors from USS Willliam Lawrence



USCGC Alert entering Portland escorted by PT658




USS William P Lawrence DDG-110 enters Portland escorted by PT658



PT658 with 2 RADM and 1 VADM aboard rendering honor to the USS WP Lawrence DDG-110



The Admiral, Chief Wes Mahan and Jerry on the 40mm



PT Vets on the PT658 on Thursday June 7th (Murl Wescott, Jack Duncan and Maury Hooper)



Maury Hooper Welcoming the USCG District Commander VADM and RADM



Maury Hooper presenting RADM with Challenge Coin



All the Admirals and WW2 PT Boat vets on the PT658



RADM 2 star flag flies from PT658 Radar Mast



Bob And Jean Machnik of PT150 on PT658



New gun rack and small arms in the wardroom



Stern view tied to barge, notice new 40mm gunsights and ammo rack handrail



Bow view of PT658 moored to barge. Note new Radar Dome and Rocket Launchers



The End

Jerry Gilmartin

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Frank J Andruss Sr

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One of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Seeing these photos is helping me to get the courage to fly into Portland to board this wonderful boat. I can't think of a better way to spend the day then being on this wonderful boat. She is the most beautiful craft on the water...........


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David Waples

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Fantastic stuff Jerry! Thanks for sharing with us.

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Will Day

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Thanks, Jerry!


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Dick

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I guess the best word to sum up all those beautiful photos is " gosh " she beautiful ! ! ! !

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Fantastic pictures! You guys look like you had a ball...and so did the visitors.

Hey Jerry - I know the 30rd magazines in the M1 carbine can be accurate for late war PT's but it hurts my eyes . Can I send you some 15rd mags? Do you need two for the pouch on the stock?

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Quote:

One of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Seeing these photos is helping me to get the courage to fly into Portland to board this wonderful boat. I can't think of a better way to spend the day then being on this wonderful boat. She is the most beautiful craft on the water...........





Hey there Frank.

I'm sure that if you do make it to Prtland that Jerry will let you go aboard the boat without you having to board her.

Sorry Frank. I couldn't resist. Boarding in naval parlance is reserved for unfriendly action in getting aboard a vessel. Tourist's go aboard vessels whilst pirates board vessels.

You shoulg go to Prtland to visit the boat. There is nothing quite like seeing a vessel up close and if possible trodding the decks to really appreciate the size or lack of size of the vessel. When I was still a teen and living in Toronto, Canada, I was able to go aboard the WW2/Korean War destroyer H.M.C.S. Haida. I gained an appreciation of that ship and her crews that could never compare to just viewing models or images of her.

The fact thar PT-658 is operational and that you might have the chance to be aboard her whilst she is ubderway is an opportunity you don't want to miss.

Cheers from Peter

"Give me a faster PT boat for I'd like to get out of harm's way!"

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Frank J Andruss Sr

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Leave it to you to correct my language, I feel like I am back in Mrs. Stratton's class in High School, lol. You are right, getting a chance to run this boat and spend the day being on her deck's would be a dream come true. I AM THINKING ABOUT GOING.


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PeterTareBuilder

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Leave it to you to correct my language, I feel like I am back in Mrs. Stratton's class in High School, lol. You are right, getting a chance to run this boat and spend the day being on her deck's would be a dream come true. I AM THINKING ABOUT GOING.





Hi Frank.

Do it so that you'll have no regrets if for some reason you're unable to do it later. Too many of us put off doing things, or visiting people, until it's too late to do so and then we regret it for the rest of our lives.

Cheers from Peter

"Give me a faster PT boat for I'd like to get out of harm's way!"

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  Jerry Gilmartin

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Frank,
Just say the word my freind, just say the word...and it will be so. I will of course insist that you take a turn at the wheel when you come aboard.

Newsnerd: I was not aware of the faux pas concerning the 30 rd magazines! SUre if you could see fit to donate the 2 15 round mags we would display them on the rifle. Thanks for the kind offer!
Thanks all you guys for the nice compliments. PT Boats forever!

PS Did anybody notice the extra equipment hanging off the stern right next to the smoke generator cannister? (Field Expedient Head) It is painted black so it doesn't stand out except to the trained eye of a true PT Boat expert!

Jerry Gilmartin

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