National WW2 Museum's PT boat almost ready for water tests
NEW ORLEANS - A World War II patrol torpedo boat that sank three enemy vessels and participated in two invasions is taking a barge trip to a canal so the crew that lovingly restored the USS Sudden Jerk can learn its ways and get it tested for tour boat duty.
The National World War II Museum says the 78-foot-long PT-305 is the only combat veteran PT boat that's restored and in working order.
It will eventually carry tours on the huge tidal lake along New Orleans' northern city line.
Josh Schick, a project historian, says a surviving crewman told him the boat got its name after a very minor accident which made the crew fall down. One said, "Well, that was a sudden jerk," and the name stuck.