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  Andy Small

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Hi All,

I've been trying to locate photos showing any of the experimental PT Boats with the single .50 cal mounts and only have located the below photo of YP 110 (PT 8). Seems they always had them covered with canvas and it looks like the actual guns were removed prior to covering. The drawings from Higgins and Huckins only show a very un-detailed drawing representation, so not much use. Anything that folks would be willing to share would be appreciated as we gather information for the PT-3 restoration.

Thanks!
Andy

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  TED WALTHER

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Andy;
WOW!!! This is news! I knew you were doing research, but.....Your going to restore PT 3? Pass on some details.
Take care,
TED


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TED WALTHER

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Andy;
Aren't there any photos from LTjg, Robert C. Houston's collection that show this single mount?
TED

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All the photos of PT-3 I've seen she has twin .50's mounted each side?


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Andy Small

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Hi Ted,

Nothing new to report since the last update April 4, 2016. I'm mostly concentrating on gathering as much information as possible on the design, construction, and testing of PT-3 and PT-4 as well as the sister boats PT-1 and PT-2. Did find out that a stuffed animal Pete the Panda was the mascot during PT-3's initial trials and that she and PT-4, when working as crash boats with the RCAF were both referred to as "jeeps", which I thought interesting.

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The dual machine gun mounts such as the Dewandre and later Mk17 weren't used by the initial batch of US built PTs. All the covered tub photos I've seen show a single mount setup. The Higgins drawing shows a single and the June 40 BuShips report lists PT-3 with the following ordnance setup: "The ordnance equipment will consist of two 18-inch torpedoes in two stern launching tube mounts, two .50 caliber A.A. machine guns in turret mounts (one on each side just abaft pilot house". The torps are MkVII's but I have not found any information on the stern launch tubes. Photos show compressed air release, but that's about it for details. On the .50 cal mounts, I'm really finding nothing other than the original design for the turrets were too low, so they received a later extension, but nothing on the actual design, Mk series and turret ring setup. Just hoping someone in the group might have something they found. Pickins are pretty slim.

Andy


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Jeff D

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I found a single ring mount in this manual but it is .30 cal.:
Machine Gun Mounts For Boats, 1943
http://archive.org/details/TM9-230

Something looks odd to me in the photo of YP-110, the barrels look too long and slim to be .50 AC guns, or HBs either.



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Jeff;
That mount was used on Higgins LCP(L)'s.
Take care,
TED


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Jeff D

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Thanks Ted, I wonder why the MK17 isn't in there?

I searched my images Andy but only found this one:





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Here's a thought... pure speculation, in which I normally am loathe to engage...but something to consider. After looking at Jeff's photo of PT 8, I wonder if the gun mount was an Army M36 ring mount. The M36 was fitted to trucks like the Deuce and a Half and appears to be fairly large. I couldn't find the dimensions of the ring, but if someone has access to the TM for vehicle mounts and someone else had the diameter of the turrets on PT3/4 and we compared them, well, who knows?

Looking at the starboard mount up close, you can make out what appears to be the ammo box on the left side of the gun and what I think may be a shell chute/deflector on the right side. This makes sense for a naval mount, as it keeps the shells from flying about and hitting important people like the guy driving the boat...

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Andy Small

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Andy Small   Send Email To Andy Small Posted on: Mar 8, 2017 - 5:38pm
Thanks Jeff!

You would have thought that some sailor would have mugged a close up photo manning the .50 at some point. Still hopeful something will come up. Maybe some of the PT-6(2) photos might yield something?

Here's the PT-5 drawing showing the mount - not a whole lot to go on....
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