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Discussion in 'War in the Pacific' started by Half Track, Feb 18, 2021.

  1. Half Track

    Half Track Well-Known Member

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    I assume this is under the proper heading of War in the Pacific, as I have looked on line and could not find the answer, could one of you old “salts” please tell me what the two “things” that I have drawn the two arrows to indicating, are used for on a PT Boat? (the six on the stern and that device about three quarters back on the deck.

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    The holes on the stern gate are exhaust pipes.
     
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    The piping is grab bars for the loaders.
     
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    Those are not simply holes in the stern. They are mufflers that allow the PT-Boat to approach almost silently, while at slow speed.
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    The bars are not for loaders to hang on to or climb on,,,They prevent the barrel of the 40mm from being swung towards the superstructure, torpedoes, and other topside areas that you would not want to ventilate with 40mm gunfire.
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    Somebody lied to you. That would be me. ;)

    A PT boat veteran said the "don't shoot the skipper" was secondary to "don't fall off the boat".
     
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    Ok, what are the instances of enemy warships / merchantmen sunk or torpedoes by PT boats? I recall one case in the English Channel ports by hit-and-run German Schnellboot attacks but that was it. I also recall a lot of PT boat bases in the Med. Maybe hunting was a little better there.
     
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    Depends on the skipper.
     
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    How about that young wannabee politician from New England, Dad used to be ambassador to England despite being fervently Irish? I heard his brother got killed in some secret project.
     
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    "I just thought of something..." [KABLAM!!!!]
     
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    Takao is correct about the purpose of those safety bars. It will not do to blast one's own ship.

    There's some good books on MGB/MTB/SGB/PT boats and their development.

    Theodore Mason who served aboard the ocean going salvage tub Pawnee didn't think too highly of the PT boat skippers. The Pawnee was almost sunk by one.
     

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