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 Author  Topic: PT Boat Search Light on Ebay!
SouthWestPacificPT

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message   Posted on: Apr 20, 2008 - 8:43am
Hello Everyone,

Is this Ebay item the real thing?
The seller seems quite certain of it. Item number: 260232125568


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Frank J Andruss Sr

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Please note that the item is original as I was the one who sold it to the seller several years ago. The man who brought it home had worked on the salvage crew on Base 17. I do not know which boat it came from. A letter from the man was sent to the seller at the time he purchased it. Rest assured this is the real deal. I have another one in my Exhibit....................


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  SouthWestPacificPT

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message   Posted on: Apr 20, 2008 - 5:10pm
Hello Frank!

Thank yoooooou!!!

I think I'll wait to bid on the last day, someone has 24.99 on it already.


Bye Bye for now,
Joy


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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message   Posted on: Apr 20, 2008 - 5:35pm
Frank that was great that you put your stamp on the ad- Its funny to see this re-surface, I was out bid the last time.


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QM

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message   Posted on: Apr 20, 2008 - 7:53pm
I do not see the shutters in the light which were used for signaling by flashing light. Perhaps that type was not mounted on all boats.

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Frank J Andruss Sr

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QM
You are correct Sir, not all of the lights had shutters as PT BOATS did little if any signalling. In fact most never even turned their lights on........


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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message   Posted on: Apr 21, 2008 - 6:31am
Here's a reference pic with what looks like a blinker system set up:



That's Jim on PT 243, a Higgins in the Phillipines, 1945.


Grandson of James J Stanton
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QM

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message   Posted on: Apr 21, 2008 - 9:14am
A blinker system was needed even though it was seldom used. When a challenge was received it was necessary to respond. There was a hand held light in the cockpit that was effective at night. In daylight the stronger beam of the searchlight was sometimes needed.

For those not familiar with the challenge, it was a three letter message which required a three letter response. The signals were changed about every four hours.

I can not be sure from the above picture, but blinker system may be mounted on the rim of the searchlight.

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The above picture shows eight bolts which appear to attach the blinker shutters to the light. The searchlight on ebay shows the eight holes where the bolts would be inserted. The shutters have apparently been removed from the one for sale on ebay. I believe a part of the original has been removed.

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SouthWestPacificPT

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message   Posted on: Apr 21, 2008 - 7:04pm
Hello QM!!

Thank you, but...that one looks different, the photo posted above says
Higgins boat.


Bye for now
Joy


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