WWII MuseumPT-305 Project

*NOTE* There are so many pictures to show, there is no way I can post them all here. If you wish to see more please go to the link below.

She needs a heck of a lot more than a fresh coat of paint.

The story of PT 305 is pretty amazing. After World War II this PT boat was purchased and lived several lives. One time being an oyster crawler, and another time being a tour boat. The World War II Museum purchase the boat about one year before Katrina struck. Due to more pressing matters with trying to keep the longevity of the World War II Museum intact, the PT 305 project was put on hold for an additional two and half years. This unfortunately helped an already degrading vessel become even worse as the ship was forced to be left outside... Further degrading it as the years went by.

It's a dirty job, but man do we love it!

As the years have gone by I have learned to do some amazing things when it comes to woodworking. The photo on the right shows myself and one of the other guys in my crew as we shape the bow-stem of the ship. As awesome as all of this is, we always laugh at how dirty we end up at the end of the day. We have to take air baths (blast ourselves with compressed air) before we can sit in our vehiles to go home.

The picture located on the bottom right is a Tourbo Charged Packard V-12 Engine. These engine run at 5000hp each and this Boat will run on three of these monsters. This boat carries 3,000 gallons of 100 octane aviation fuel. These engines will consume 200 gallons an hour at crusing speed (23 knots), and 500 gallons an hour at top speed (40+ knots).

(Right) Here is a picture of the chart house and turrets on top of the main deck. The Project is planned to be totally completed by December 2015.

PT-305 Videos

Here is a video of us repairing the Keel.

Here is a video of us sanding the freshly repaired Keel.

Ok this is a HUGE DEAL!! This is a video of the engine crew firing up the Packard Turbo Charged V-12 for the 1st time. These guys have been restoring these engines (all 3) for the past 2 1/2 years.

Click on the picture to see some of the photos I have of this project.