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Published 23.05.2015 | Author : admin | Category : Sailboat Drawings

The Marine Dealers Association is made up of over 40 lake area marine dealers, representing all the top lines of boats, marine accessories, docks, personal watercraft and everything else to promote fun on our waters. On our website, you will find a complete list of our member dealers and also a listing of upcoming boat shows in our area that are promoted by LOMDA.
Dick Washichek, also webmaster of The PT Boat Forum site, has went through the expense of buying and then having microfilm rolls of Elco drawings scanned in.
If you are willing and able to help, there are 2 Higgins PT boat restoration projects that would be grateful to accept donations of funds and or time. 2015 August 5, corrected and added additional chart house corner radius dimensions to the top view on the Bridge And Chart House page.
2015 May 28, Stu Hurley's PT 195 project is almost ready for paint, a 2nd page shows photos of his beautiful groundwork here: Italeri PT 109 PT 195 Build, Page 2. 2015 January 7, Italeri PT 109 PT 195 Build page by Stuart Hurley added (work in progress).
2013 December 21, updated aft, top, and starboard views on the day room cabin trunk page to show the rounded starboard aft corner post. 2013 December 16, added image showing woods used in construction on the day room cabin trunk page. 2013 December 5, updated rain guards over windows on all views on the day room cabin trunk page.
2013 December 3, corrected the grab rail locations on all views on the day room cabin trunk page. 2013 November 24, corrected the supply duct layout and added the connecting duct for PT 103-162 on the forward view of the day room cabin trunk page. 2013 November 11, corrected life ring athwartships position on the day room cabin trunk top view, and vertical position on the port and starboard views. 2013 October 7, Stu Hurley graciously shared some finishing and weathering techniques he used on his beautiful model along with some example images. 2013 September 30, images of the finished model added to a page on Stuart Hurley's Italeri PT 109 Build pages. Number ranges for boats of this class, listed by production order, are 103-196, 314-367, 372-383, 546-563, 486-545, 731-760, and 565-624. While this site concentrates on the physical aspects of the PT boat, be sure to read the accounts on the veterans stories page and check other websites on the Links page to learn the stories of the men who served on them. Patrol Torpedo boats were built during a war that changed the way of life for Americans virtually overnight. Besides being constructed of wood, the boats were relatively small and thus were not well received by many commanders used to having tons of steel under them.
Since the beginning of the operation to take the island base of Guadalcanal in August 1942, the enemy has used PT boats aggressively. PT boats were initially intended to torpedo capital Japanese ships, using the speed of the three Packards and its small size as advantages.
Commonly installed were 37mm and 40mm cannons, rocket launchers, mortars, even bazookas and captured Japanese weapons were used.
Update: Geary Sims let me know that the 37mm on the 109 was ordnance supplied and an official install that hadn't happened yet.
Reference the 37mm gun: Doing extensive research on PT 108 which also had the same 37mm gun, I found there are some myths. You may be wondering why the crew put themselves into a position of delayed response by shutting down the outboard engines with the enemy close. At about 0230 on the 2nd, a Japanese Fubuki class destroyer, the Amagiri, loomed up from the darkness bearing straight at the 109. Luckily for the survivors, the Amagiri was traveling at about 40 knots and carried the bulk of the burning gas away with her wake. While the Amagiri (DD) was proceeding in Vella Bay on a reinforcement mission to Kolombangara on 2 August 1943, it detected an enemy PT boat close aboard and sank it by ramming. During the early part of the war the namesake weapon of these boats, the torpedo, was marginally effective at best. The Electric Launch Company was incorporated in 1892 and built electric powered pleasure craft.
Elco used a technique of building the hull upside down then flipping it over for topsides construction. Many structural elements were made of mahogany because of its rot resistance, strength to weight, workability, and ability to take a hit without splintering as badly as other woods. A testament to the strength of these hulls was when PT 167 had a Japanese Kate's torpedo punch right through the side of her bow and continue out the other side without exploding, The tail section was left in the crew's head which was rather fitting. Smoker Craft's 182 Pro Angler XL offers plenty of room for you and your friends to spend the day reeling in the next big catch. We make every effort to ensure display of current and accurate data, this listing may not reflect the most recent transactions or may reflect occasional data entry errors.

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Also updated are the views on the day room cabin trunk page that include the mount (starboard, top, and aft views). The dimensional images found here are to help modelers create an accurate tribute to the boats and the men who sometimes gave up their lives serving on them, and to help preserve their history. There were quite a few minor and major changes made to them including during production ranges. The population was thrust willingly into a role of background support for the troops fighting overseas. Raw materials were in short supply, especially those imported from regions under the cloud of war such as rubber and high demand materials like metals. The first eighty foot boats were armed with two twin Browning .50 caliber M2 aircraft machine guns and an Oerlikon 20mm Mark 4 cannon to use against enemy aircraft. For example, by August 1st 1943 the 109 had mounted or was in the middle of mounting a M3 37mm single shot anti-tank cannon they had "found" onto the foredeck (a later 37mm widely used on PT's was an Oldsmobile M4 or M9 automatic cannon, sometimes salvaged from P39 Aircobras). The crew lashed the gun to the deck because leaving it on the dock while on patrol was not a good idea. Geary also let me know to be careful with references since some photos were doctored to remove top secret equipment like radar masts, and misinformation was also spread.
It had been a confusing night with sporadic action, poor visibility, poor communications, and a questionable plan of attack. It was because of the poor visibility, and the luminescence of the Pacific's waters when stirred by the props made them almost as good of a target as they were during the day.
Mistaken at first for another PT, it hit the 109 in front of the forward starboard torpedo tube and sliced her to between the center and starboard engines. After burning for 15 minutes or so, the fire went out and the remaining crew went back to what was left of the 109, the bow section.
A 2x8 piece of wood that was being used as part of the 37mm mount served as a float for two of the crew with poor swimming skills. During World War I they built sub chasers for the British Admiralty, and then PT boats in WW II under the Elco Naval Division. It wouldn't be practical for larger vessels but it was an efficient, and easier on the employees, method for this craft especially with the double planked hull. Although one of the PT boats nicknames was "plywood coffin", and plywood was widely used, other woods also had their place depending on their properties and availability. Splintering had long been a problem on wooden war vessels, it is where the oath "shiver me timbers" comes from. Not only did the 167 make it back to base (the same can't be said of the Kate since it hit the 167's antenna and crashed into the sea), she carried injured crew from an LCI (landing craft infantry) back with her.
If you are building a Higgins boat, check out this Louisiana library site for many online plans.
With extended rear fishing areas and deluxe, ergonomic, wood-free fishing seats, the 182 Pro Angler XL brings functionality and comfort together for all your days on the lake. They represent a best effort on my part, please confirm dimensions given here for yourself if errors cannot be tolerated. Both had an iron will, given by Pearl Harbor, to do what was needed to defend their country. One resource that America had plenty of at the start of the war was wood and they used it to best advantage in the construction of PT boats. With 3 supercharged Packard V-12 engines developing a total of 3,600 (4,500 by wars end) horsepower, they were quick, maneuverable, had a shallow draft, and were heavily armed.
It was an experimental mounting to see if the 37mm gun was effective against the Daihatsu barges. PT 109 was on patrol with the 162, part of a group of 15 boats going after four Japanese destroyers returning from a resupply run.
It took 10 seconds to go from a quiet, albeit tense, night to being thrown into dark gasoline soaked waters with a huge enemy ship churning through them. Since PT boats in the Pacific Theater operated mostly at night it was hard to tell misses from misfires so it took a while to figure out that the problem was the torpedo itself.
After WW II they merged with sister company Electric Boat to form General Dynamics which decided to sell this division off in 1949. They were designed with modularity in mind for speed and efficiency of construction, "kitting" for assembly elsewhere, and for quick repairs. Cannon and gun fire would shiver, literally "shatter" or "splinter", the vessels timbers causing injury to the crew as well as to the sails and rigging. A more brittle wood might have shattered bad enough to sink her or been hard enough to explode the warhead.

Plus, the Pro Angler 182 XL features a large lockable bow center rod storage compartment that lets you safely stow up to 8 rods. Images are for non-commercial personal use only, please obtain permission for any other use.
Although it didn't grow in the US, their Mexican friends supplied them with much of the mahogany used throughout the boat as well as many other resources. Roaming mostly at night they soon became the bane of the enemies war and supply craft, particularly in the Pacific Theater.
Also, there are many examples of their having rendered the transport of supplies exceptionally difficult.
One of their main targets became other shallow drafted vessels, namely Japanese troop and supply barges. Along with changes made by the Navy, an individual boat could look quite different at different time periods. With orders given for all boats that had expended their torpedoes to return to base, eleven had left including the only four with the newly installed radar. Kennedy showed true courage in the rescuing of the badly burnt crew member and in his subsequent night swims in shark infested waters whilst trying to effect their rescue. Submarines relied on some of the same torpedo models and had similar results but the situation was not resolved for a good while.
Laminating pieces requiring high strength, like engine bearers, allowed for strength without excess weight.
The entire hull was planked with a diagonally laid layer of mahogany, then a layer of glued canvas ironed flat, then another layer of mahogany laid at right angles to the first layer. Misinformation about PT boats is fairly common and something I don't want to be guilty of spreading. They were grouped in squadrons, or RON's, that usually worked together patrolling inshore areas too shallow for warships with deeper drafts. These fed their many positions amongst the islands that made Allied advancement costly and difficult.
As the war went on, changes that proved especially effective were used on new boats coming from the factory. From conversations with Dick Keresey and some of the 108 crew, Kennedy may have been the one who came up with the idea for the mounting. The thirteen men of the 109 found themselves creeping blindly on one engine searching for the enemy that they knew was close. Check here for a great story about the action that night by the captain of the 105, Dick Keresey. Two straight beams called coamings run the length of the chart house, day room, and engine hatch, and are integral to the hull. Concerning the pilot of the Kate flying so low, he probably knew the PT was too shallow drafted to set the torpedo off so he was trying to skip the fish off the water and catch the boat on the fly, or he did exactly what he was trying to do with the direct hit.
Stock photography may not be representative of the actual boat model and may vary somewhat from the actual color and equipment offered on the model shown above. When they could, unescorted barges would hug the shallow island coastlines to be under the protection of any shore batteries present and to avoid larger enemy vessels. Marney, manning the forward turret, and Kirksey, whose position at the time of the accident is unknown.
Also, the original torpedo tubes used by PT boats to launch them were very heavy, and the charge used for firing them created a visible flash.
Many manufacturers changed production lines, for example a can factory before the war now made depth charges. Later production had lightweight roll-off racks installed that were also retrofitted to earlier boats. The top outsides are milled for a small amount of overlap with the plywood siding of the houses. They were very successful at this, even with their torpedoes being useless on the shallow drafted barges. A boat lifting crane that survived the fires was restored in honor of Elco's contribution to the community and resides at a local park. A hatch in the chart house roof allows access to the fresh water tank located under removable floor sections. With the enemies resources cut off, Allied troops could hop over well entrenched enemy held islands without fear of reprisal although when approached these stranded men still fought on with a grim resolve. For the Elco 80', I created a guide to help locate specific drawings that can be found here.

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