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 Author  Topic: Deck hatch hold open device and jackstaff
Richard Payne

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Hi, I have looked through old posts but can't seem to find the answer,
did the PT-109 have the deck hatch devices to hold them open at the
end of its life? I assume that the jackstaff bracket was there but no
jackstaff on it when the 37mm was lashed to the deck. Any help
would be appreciated.

Richard

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Jeff D

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Hi Richard, and welcome!

The hold open device for the galley hatch is missing in this shot. I'm not aware of any photos that show the more forward forecastle / crew hatch or jackstaff. The after deck didn't use a device.





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Drew Cook

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Since that photo has always looked like it has been heavily retouched -- I believe JFK explained in a letter to Kirksey's family that the negative had been "damaged by the heat" -- I'm not sure the galley hatch hold-open device would show up.

I don't know why it wouldn't have been there in actuality, unless it was one of the items not included on the early 103-class boats. I don't see a hold-open device in front of the galley or crew's head hatches in photos of PT 107, so maybe the 109 didn't have them either?

As for the jackstaff, I don't remember seeing it in photos of PTs in the forward areas of the Pacific. As far as I know, the Navy Jack flag (blue with 48 white stars) flown on the jackstaff, which fit into a socket on the foredeck, would be present while in Stateside or secure ports, but seldom seen in the combat areas.

Someone who knows more than I do about this will correct me if I'm wrong.


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Jeff D

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I'm not sure when they started adding the device Drew. Although the drawing lists 103 on, I see from photos of early factory fresh boats that they are missing. Here's what I found in the photos I have:

no device
107
108

has device
117 maybe
129

Here's the unretouched 109 shot: http://i.imgur.com/77XLSo4.jpg



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