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PT boat that saw WWII combat restored, back in Louisiana

3 months 1 week 2 days ago March 16, 2017 Mar 16, 2017 Thursday, March 16 2017 March 16, 2017 6:37 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - The world's only fully restored combat veteran PT boat has been cruising over the lake where it was tested 73 years ago, with its bow high and a rooster-tail of spray rising in its wake.

Josh Schick, historian for the National World War II Museum's restoration project, said Thursday that he hadn't realized how high the plume would rise.

He had to shout to be heard over the growl of three 1,500-horsepower diesel engines.

The PT-305, with the name U.S.S. Sudden Jerk in orange letters on its gray-blue bow, was moving over the course on which the Higgins Industries boat yard tested it in 1943 and 1944.

Museum curator Tom Czekanski said he doesn't know how many trips it would take before it stopped being exciting.

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