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PT Boats - Giant Killers part 1 of 3

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PT Boat Video by ELCO during World War II
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Larry Reindl (1 month ago)
I was in New Orleans recently and had the opportunity to ride on PT 305. Although not the same model of boats in the videos, she was similar in all respects. Powered by the same three Packard V-12s, riding on a restored WWII PT boat was the dream of a lifetime come true. PT 305 was lovingly brought back to original condition by volunteers at the National World War II Museum located in New Orleans, also the home of Higgins Industries, the original builder of PT 305.
Bill Kilbourne (2 years ago)
Wood was easier to build and quicker. Aluminum and steel were critical for aircraft carriers, aircraft, and other capital ships. This is the same reason the H-1 (spruce goose) was also made of wood.
Hardtop Harry (3 years ago)
Such a lot of work involved. Was weight the the primary reason for not using steel?
sherman3211 (5 years ago)
You are correct, metal was precious, wood was plentiful.
TheTabellarius (6 years ago)
PT Boats or Motor Torpedo Boats as the Brits called them, were developed off the tail of the Offshore Power Boat Races in the 30's. The PT boat concept was pushed to the US by the British MTB designer. I believe some were sold to the US before they started their own PT Boat Design / Production
Hotshotter3000 (6 years ago)
Probably because they needed the aluminum for all the airplanes they were building. Back in WW2 all branches of the service had to fight tooth and nail for every ton of material they needed.
ganmaer (6 years ago)
Why didn't they use aluminum hulls for the PT boats? It's light and durable.
Thomas Mauer (6 years ago)
My gradfather served on the elco boats in Rons 1 and 2. He was on the 109 under Kennedy and then on the 59 again under Kennedy after the 59 had had her torpedo tubes removed and been converted in to a gun boat. His name was Edgar Mauer.
Ted Bundy (7 years ago)
My uncle worked at Elco in Bayonne,its a shame the yards ae no longer there but in this video I seen a guy who looked like him too bad he passed away I wish he could see this.
Kordax21 (7 years ago)
nice video but they dont say who build the first, and till WW2 and in WW2 the best, fast, amored, and strongest WW2 PTs ... and this wasnt the USA, and who sunk the most ships with PTs ? this wasnt the usa, too ...
Larry Reindl (1 month ago)
You limeys would be speaking German and eating sauerkraut if the USA had not pulled your bacon out of the fire TWICE. And please explain why England was begging for every Vosper we could build for your navy if your shit was SO GOOD?
soaringtractor (1 year ago)
Hey fuck faced Limey !!! This video is about the US NAVY's PT boats !!!! We do not give a shit about your limey shit !!! Remember too your air sea rescue boats were powered by the same Packard V12 M2500's !!!! DUUUHH!!!!
001kb (8 years ago)
@jaratt85 The WWI boats (mainly sub chasers for UK) weight 300tons w/ speeds between 23-27kt. The first plan for WW2 PTs were 55' long, the second plan was for 70'. Eventually the PT achieved its design length of 78-81 ft and had to be able to go 41+kt at 50tons, most were able to do well over that speed. The PT had highest firepower/ton. They had 3000gal fuel capacity, at max speed all three engines consumed 500gal/hr at 41+kts at 23kt consumption was 200gals/hr. take it light --KB
001kb (8 years ago)
@Lorkiff PT-8 was built at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in Louisiana was built entirely from aluminum but did not pass the speed acceptance criteria for use as a PT Boat for the U.S. Navy due to its weight. She was reclassified as a harbor patrol boat for the duration of the war. Just an FYI that I discovered, I don't know if it was the ship you sailed on or not, yet I wanted you to know what I had found Thank you for your service to our country and the people of the USA. Take it light --KB
Aeroplnut (8 years ago)
The PT's were powered by a drivitive of the WWI Liberty engines. Each boat had 3 engines,
soaringtractor (1 year ago)
Aeroplut !!! WRONG !!! The WWI Liberty was an aircooled V12 of 1650 cu in displacement where as the M2500 Pt boat engine by Packard was a purposed designed water cooled marine engine that took its inspiration from the A2500 aircraft engine !!! get your shit straight and Google Packard PT boat engine and learn, or watch the You Tube video "Men bet their lives on them" !!! M2500 was 50% latger than a Liberty !!!! DUUUHH!!!!!
soaringtractor (1 year ago)
Aeroplut !!! WRONG !!! The WWI Liberty was an aircooled V12 of 1650 cu in displacement where as the M2500 Pt boat engine by Packard was a purposed designed water cooled marine engine that took its inspiration from the A2500 aircraft engine !!! get your shit straight and Google Packard PT boat engine and learn, or watch the You Tube video "Men bet their lives on them" !!! M2500 was 50% latger than a Liberty !!!! DUUUHH!!!!!
J.A.Ratt85 (9 years ago)
god this is so cool, I didnt realize they were so big tho.. I thought they were like 34-38 ft not 70,77,80 ft.. Ive wanted a PT BOat for a long time, they are so cool and haul ass
kdraper2007 (9 years ago)
a wooden speed boat was not exactly high tech. most any country had P.T.'s common tech. it's just the U.S. Navy where they had their most famous service. rescueing General macArthur, Attacking the Tokyo express in the solmons, scouts at Sariago straight.
kdraper2007 (9 years ago)
they had airplane motors. Imagine the guts it took to attack a cruiser with a wooden speed boat.
mard420 (9 years ago)
could you imagine how great America would be if they had managed to keep such a classy industry
rifles75 (9 years ago)
It stands for Patrol Torpedo.
Spurgu87 (9 years ago)
What does PT stand for?
shuggy1110 (9 years ago)
Thank you...I am very fond of PT's and I thouroughly enjoyed the series... what a beauty these boats were. They must have smelled great below deck, when they were brand-spankin' new. I have spoken to a few guy who served on PT's and they said the sound of the engines at full throttle was one of the most beautiful sounds they ever heard. Peace.
viewingut (9 years ago)
Excellent!
Scorponok2009 (9 years ago)
They're really cool when you see them in person. They have some at Fall River, Ma.
Frank Goldie (9 years ago)
Are we not showing the enemy how.....
radio187 (10 years ago)
I didn't realize that PT boats were big in the Balkans.
Samuel Mcdonald (10 years ago)
thank you for posting, great videos.
jrodnj (10 years ago)
Thanks for posting this set.

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