Save PT-658, Historic WWII PT Boat

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Bubba Conway
for Save the Pt Boat Inc

PT-658 was rescued by a group of gray-haired ex-PT boaters twenty years ago. PT-658 is a 1945 World-War II motor torpedo boat that is a living restoration approaching it's original operating condition, complete with full armament and three 1,850 horsepower Packard V-12 engines.
In keeping with Oregon's maritime tradition, we intend to operate and display the boat in the Pacific Northwest as a living memorial to the thousands of U.S. sailors who manned these tiny warships, the most heavily armed naval vessel ever built (non nuclear). That operated in nearly every WW II theater: The Atlantic, the English Channel, the Mediterranean, the Pacific, the Aleutians and the Philippines.

Many unpaid volunteers, including ex-PT boaters, have repaired the wooden hull and three original Packard engines. In restoring the boat, they have paid attention to the smallest detail making the boat as close to its original condition as possible, but PT-658 is in need of your help, after a full summer of trips and tours, in early October 2012, we pulled her out and conducted a full bottom survey of the boat, in compliance with Coast Guard regulations.
After closely examining her original planking we discovered some alarming deterioration. The boat needed 200 lineal feet of outside planking above the water line. Most of the bottom planking does not need to be replaced. However, much of the inner planking and forward frames needed replacement. Inside the aft (back end) of the boat, behind the engines, all 18 bottom frames, the longitudinal stringers, the starboard shaft log, and the lower water tight bulkheads had to be replaced in order to be seaworthy again. This work is very technical, requiring the special expertise of a Shipwright, so we have hired Port Townsend Shipwrights Cooperative to oversee and supervise the work.

We Need Your Help! The project budget is:
$221,169.00 Total projected Cost
- $134,400.00 Volunteer Labor. will
$86,769.00 Cash outlay Needed.

Additionally, two weeks ago our boat house was broken into and a minimum of $6,000 of hand and power tool where stolen, we are asking for help in replacing these items as well as the costs of hull repairs, $92,769.00

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PT-658 is on station at the Portland Seawall on the Willamette River for Rose Festival Fleet Week.
The 658 is the only US Naval vessel participating this year...
PT-658 on Station Fleet Week 2013
CMSgt Jack Duncan of PT-103 and USN Seal
Pan from bow of PT-658 south to north
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PT-658 is on the National Historic Registry.
I have attached the letter:
Historic Registry letter state of OR
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Hello supporters of PT-658. Bob and Bod took our restored WWII Ford Jeep out to the Memorial Day event at the Fort Vancouver Barracks. It was a wet day in the Couve, this Jeep was owned by Navy Chief Al McCready, the senior NCO of Squadron(RON) 33, who piloted Gen Douglas MacArthur on PT-490 to Negros in the summer of 1945...
Chief Al Macreedy's Jeep
McCready pilots MacArthur to Negros 45
MacArthur under 5 star flag on PT-490 45
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Thanks Lewis for starting us off. I'm sending you an original bronze screw removed from the 658 in a gift bottle... I'm posting a pic of Wally holding the ruffian in his gloved hand, we'll get him clean and to you.
A Bronze Screw for You
Bronze Screw from PT-658
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Mark Wolf
69 months ago

Bubba, good presentation for the boat and our need for help...

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Raised by 16 people in 69 months
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Created May 18, 2013
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Save the Pt Boat Inc
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Portland, OR
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Martha McCready
62 months ago

In honor of the wedding anniversary of Al & Connie McCready [Dec. 31]; I'm so proud of Dad's Peter Tare service & the project he helped found. You folks ROCK!!

Richard Vanderhyde
68 months ago

As a ex-shipmate of Jack Duncan, and an admirer of the PT boats, I feel this is a worthwhile donation.

69 months ago
Estelle Abrams
69 months ago

In honor of the Duncan's

69 months ago
Laura Evans-Szoczei
69 months ago

In honor of the Duncans. xo

Ronald A Taylor
69 months ago

That's me in the picture looking up at more work. I do this work for those who served. All of us who work on this wonderful project thank you so much for stepping up to help. Ron

Mark Wolf
69 months ago

Bubba, good presentation for the boat and our need for help...

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