Freshly restored World War II motor torpedo boat Restored for rides at Museum

PT boat on patrol off the coast of New Guinea, 1943.

 

World War Two PT boat 305 is back in the same dock it was in back in 1943. The freshly restored World War II motor torpedo boat doesn’t like to go slow – it’s used to racing into the dangers of war.

PT 305 Captain and Restoration Project Leader George Benedetto said that the boat is a challenge and a thrill. More than that, it’s a testament to the crews that served on the boat in WWII.

PT 305 was built in New Orleans at Higgins Industries. It sank two enemy ships in WWII.

It took the team over ten years to restore the aging vessel. “This is the only fully restored combat veteran PT Boat in the world,” said World War II Museum curator Tom Czekanski.

Beginning April 1, visitors will be able to take rides on the boat. On March 25, the World War II Museum will hold a Drafts for Crafts party to raise funds to maintain PT 305. Tickets to ride the boat will cost $350  or $305 for museum members and for seniors, wwltv.com reported.

Tickets for Drafts for Crafts cost $100 per person.

Ian Harvey

Ian Harvey is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE