Here is what our local newspaper told us: A World War II-era PT boat formerly based on the Hudson River is making its way westward along the Erie Canal, headed to its new home on the Great Lakes.
PT 728 was purchased this spring by the Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton, Ohio. The museum located on the Lake Erie shore midway between Cleveland and Toledo is holding its grand opening in July.
A five-man crew from the museum is taking the boat to Ohio via the canal and the lake, and expects to arrive next week.
So of course, Mommy and Daddy headed out in the rain this morning to see this for themselves. Unfortunately Muffin and I had to stay home because of the rain.
Fact: This PT 728 is the only surviving US-built Vosper designed hull. This is the only US Coast Guard inspected PT boat licensed to take passengers for hire.
Fact: This PT 728 was built in the Annapolis Yacht Yard under license from the British company Vosper. The keel was laid on August 10, 1945, launched on September 25th and completed with combat configuration on October 20th.
Fact: This PT 728 was slated to join the Soviet Navy, but with W.W.II at an end, she was decommissioned November 28, 1945.
Mommy & Daddy hit 2 different areas in town to take pictures along the canal before stopping at Lock 32.
|Approaching Lock 32 in Pittsford, NY|
Fact: This actual boat (PT 728) appeared in the television series McCale’s Navy...
|The lower gates will close and very slowly the passageway will begin filling up with water.|
|The lock chamber (where the boat is in the picture above) is slowly being filled from the canal at the upper gates|
|The passageway is almost filled with water ~ Just about time to continue on with their journey|
This boat also was in the Julia Roberts film Sleeping With the Enemy (made up to look like a Coast Guard vessel) and a History Channel program PT Boats (Great Ships) about the role of PT Boats in World War II.
|Tug coming through Lock 32|
They said it was a really exciting morning! Hope you enjoyed this little piece of history.
One last picture for your enjoying pleasure. Mommy took this picture on the way out of park.
|Wow! That's a lot of poop!!|