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billpr

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Hello,


Does anyone know if the Higgins PT's had dead lights on the deck? In the photos I have seen posted on the net, I haven't seen any dead lights.

I couldn't find any info elsewhere.

Thanks, Bill R

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Yes There is one over each engine and one on the front of the engine hatch, They are above the engines at the center of gravity so they can be lifted.


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Hello Bill,
The PT658 has 4 deadlights. They are about 6 inches across and round. Brass Frame around glass. They are all mounted on the centerline. There is One in the Officers Head,(located just below the radar prop) One on the Engine Room Removable Hatch, One in the Aft Crews Head,(located just forward of the 40mm ammo box on the deck) and one in the Lazarette.(located just forward of the smoke generator canister on the deck) They are called Dead Lights because it does not need "Live" electrical power to allow light through the deck. The things Randy is referring to I believe are air scoops. The air scoops located over each outboard engine to allow lifting cables to install or remove engines. Anyway I took a photo so you can see an example of a Higgins Dead light. This is the one on the forward end of the removable engine hatch.

Hope this helps.

Jerry



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Hello,

Many thanks for the help on the dead lights. This of great help to me.

This is why I chose this site for help with my projects. You folks are just great! Wish I checked in with you much sooner. The war stories and the PT BOATERS are a rare breed to me. I met several people back home in Alabama some years ago, who serviced on PT's or serviced them on tenders. I also met Adm. Bulkeley's dentist from WW2. He had a signed TWE book

I hope many people help to keep the memory of the PT's alive for many years to come.

The only person in my family in the Navy in WW2 was my uncle Bobby Neff. He serviced on the USS Hornet carrier

Well enough said for now, smooth sailing,.

Bill Reese

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Aft dead light over center engine
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Port dead light
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Starboard dead light

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The front of engine hatch

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billpr

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Hello,


Thanks Jerry and Randy. The photos really help with the project I'm working on. On the Higgins web site at the U. of New Orleans, the deck showed several 7 1/4 inch holes around the deck. These look like the deadlights and location in your photos.

Once again many thanks. Let America always remember the PT's


Bill

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