Transmission security for both radios is greatly enhanced by the use of follow-the leader tactics, basic formations, and courses established before leaving the base, and prearranged rendezvous points and times if the boats get separated. Keep clear and use your ram rod. Ventilate your feet, expose them to the sun's rays occasionally. One of the most important features here is the auxiliary steering apparatus. Use the bilge exhaust blower before starting engines if such a blower is installed on your boat. It is primarily a support and not a sail boat. It is possible, though, for both to be disabled at the same time and both must evacuate. Any added precautions that you learn from your own experience should also be observed and passed along. The loft area is fitted out with six spacious, double-bed crew cabins that share three heads on the deck below. Star Fish’s crew lounge incorporates a media area/coffee bar, small galley and large dining/meeting area. The question for owners, he says, is: ‘Where do you want the crew to hang out outside?’. General.-From stem to stern do not overlook an item. Check bore for "clean bore." Paint the towing eye or ring to prevent corrosion and rust. Observe inspection periods and procedures. 5. Failure to do this has sent more than one PT man to his death. Unedited photocopies copies of the complete manual are available directly from PT Boats Inc. The wheelhouse was moved to the main deck, but raised a few feet above deck level for a better view of the waters ahead. Maintain them for the one important purpose for which they are issued-Life Saving. monitor stations on land and they have made many experiments with VHF type of equipment. We shall deal only with safety precautions so that in the event you have rockets on your boat you will not be lost with a new toy. Rather than depending on money orders, which are often hard to get, set up a checking account so you can send presents home and pay small bills. However, there are now available "chlorination kits" which purify the water without leaving that chlorine taste. Oiled or greased cartridges should not be fired. Since these ports are usually boarded up to insure blackout, the plexiglas can be removed and made to serve many such useful purposes. The secret of keeping healthy in the tropics is primarily, be clean! The first enemy you will encounter, is ignorance-your ignorance about PTs. A half-dozen army-style cots should be carried to accommodate sleepers topside. Chief, Bureau of Ships, ISSUED BY Keep your hair dry, that is, don't jump into the water, just slide in. Open valve wide (3 full turns) when in operation. This stain can be prevented by tacking a six-foot lathe along each gunwale. Know your spot and be there. Loose projectiles can be fired, but they will be short on range and lacking in accuracy. Always keep recognition gear ready and in reach. Punch holes in them. Crew's Quarters.-This will be your home. You have the best equipment available. It's wise to make a complete circuit inspection of the boat, just prior to getting underway, checking for fenders, buckets, hoses, clothes, and lines that will foul the screws. Generally, he's a good gunner, too. Pitch = inches traveled per revolution (with no slip) and relates to the blades angle to the hub. It is teeming with minute organisms and slime. A knife should always be carried on your person. Jungle sores or ulcers are as dirty and uncomfortable as they sound. Maps. The Elco boats were the largest PT boats operated by the U.S. Navy during World War II. 7. As in every drill you must know your station and the equipment to take with you. Another thing, you will want to keep your boat's sides clean of lye stain. Take a musical instrument if it can stand the gaff. Many glasses have been shattered in this way and replacements are almost unobtainable. On the Turkish-built and Vripack-designed E&E, the master stateroom is on the bridge deck and four guest suites are on the deck just below it. When you have your own boat your GQ Station will be well known to you, so there is no need to rehearse the various positions. Your rocket launching and electrical equipment require even greater care than the other equipment aboard-watch over it and keep it in readiness for that big moment. Books on geography are surprisingly interesting. A wet, soggy jacket will bring you to the bottom instead of to the top. Rotate starting index spindle one turn counterclockwise. The engines as well as the engineer need plenty of air. Treat all sores and scratches (especially coral scratches) immediately with iodine or mercurochrome or alcohol. Accident, friendly fire, sea conditions – 32; Scuttled to prevent capture – 27; Rammed by the enemy – 8; Kamikaze – 2; Mined – 9; Enemy coastal artillery – 6; Strafed – 8 It is better to stow gunnery and torpedo tools topside in a watertight 20-mm. Wear white socks and air your feet often. Another yacht that will boast an innovative layout is Aquos Yachts 50m Star Fish, due to launch in New Zealand in 2013. It's like Emily Post in Reversia, or courtesy turned inside out. After expending all his "fish" and ammunition, he ran down the narrow alley of the enemy convoy and had the Japs lobbing shells at each other. Should rocket launchers be installed on your boat, you will be equipped with a firing panel for firing the rockets. Megaphone: Keep it handy and ready for shouting orders or for listening for planes and other craft. Cleats.-Cleats are used to secure mooring lines to. For valuable aids in operation and on your equipment see MTB Communication Manual, 1944. Watertight Hatches.-Hatches must be dogged down. Also bear in mind that finding and destroying the enemy is more important than a hot pot of Joe. So everyone must be on the alert for* fumes. This exercising will limber up the parts and dry them as well. The Japs complain and admit in official correspondence that we saw them long before they saw us, chiefly because we have the better glasses. A screw thrown through your bottom will fill up your lazarette in short order. Shoestrings. It’s decorated like nothing else on the rest of the boat, so it’s purely their space.’. Some of the latest engine operation dope can be obtained from the "Bureau of Ships News Letter-Motor Torpedo Boats" which appears at irregular intervals. A gun without ammunition is merely a club and you can pick a club up anywhere in the jungle. Engineers should do this instinctively, but often other rates must start the engines. Note the Mark XIII torpedos, rockets, mortar (atop PT-131's forward deckhouse), 20 mm machine cannon and 12.7 mm caliber machine guns carried by these PT boats. Shaving gear and toilet articles. TECHNICAL PUBLICATION NO. jam. Black Light: Is the only exposed light topside that is turned on during patrol. Cockpit Seat: Just abaft the wheel, is ideal for the footsore. The Lux Hand trigger-release extinguisher can be used several times without loss from leakage. Also it covers the glass which glares in the moonlight. 80-G-53876: PT boats in New Guinea. ‘We run with a lot of Filipino crew, so we gave them their own space so they could speak their own language and be comfortable,’ Captain McCumber says. It's usually allowed to hang over the side to soak out. Your dividers are to pick off distances with and not to prick holes in the charts. Learn all the charthouse jobs of the other rates. Stow your mask in a dry place away from excessive heat. Plot courses well clear of navigational dangers. 11. Scrub brush. Depth Charges.-Though seldom used, they are always good passengers to have along. 6. Flow of gas must cease before you disconnect grounding wires. Day Room.-A large place which can accommodate four bunks easily, and another sack set up in the center temporarily. Roll it up when stowing it, rather than creasing it, for creases make it crack and soon you have a leaky, uncomforting canopy. When your mask is issued to you, don't lay it aside and forget about it. Athlete's foot is the usual ailment. Recock, if it is not or cannot be pushed fully forward. 14. Self-Sealing Tanks.-Points to make note of on self-sealing tanks: 2. 13. But to be proud of it you must know what it is made of and what it can do. When the projectile and rocket motor are separated, the rocket motor is non-propulsive and is only considered a fire hazard. Remember that a PT is exposed to moisture from both the sea and the atmosphere. Cold fresh water in a lake or mountain stream looks wonderful, but it may be harmful. Set of 15 High Detailed 1/72 Scale Multipose Figures of US Navy Sailors in Fatigue Dress, Life Vest and Helmets for XX Century Service Ships. Be prepared. 6. It is the first step in killing the enemy. Another improvement that Star Fish offers the crew is private access to the exterior deck. Dry cells must be kept dry. Get the feel of the lead line at night and be able to yell out the soundings loud and clear. They function at medium high speed when the valve is opened. Who knows when a Jap sub will pop up? There is a whole new world of fantastic beauty open to you a few feet below the water's surface. This operational casualty is explained quite fully in the "Packard Maintenance Manual, Bulletin," #17, 1-19-43. If wrench tight, the hand lever may jam. 8. These projectiles are very sensitive. 16. If you follow this procedure you may save an eventual major job by a base force. Boat International Media Ltd© 2008 - 2021. The Navy maxim, "Keep It Clean", is not just for appearance's sake, but more important, for safety's sake. Know where the linkage is and how to rig the auxiliary tiller. Allot most of your money so you will not get caught or tempted by the card sharks and dice shooters. T.P.-2, Pointers On Turbine Operation Keep the rounds disassembled whenever possible. PT Boat PT-617 (Elco) PT-617 is an Elco class PT Boat.PT-617's specifications are: Length: 80 feet Beam: 19 feet 11 inches Draught: 4 feet Crew: 2 officers and 9 crewmen Displacement: 51 tons fully loaded Max Speed: 41kts (46mph) Fuel Capacity: 3,000 gallons of 100 octane avgas Range: 358 miles at 35kts, 1050 miles on one engine, 11 knots Oil Capacity: 30 gallons Her raised foc’sle forward is used to house a large crew lounge and mess, leaving space on the lower deck for roomy crew cabins, some with side-by-side berths rather than bunks. Used in the publication by Captain Robert J. Bulkley, Jr., USNR, “At Close Quarters,” Page 67. Soap box for soap (good to keep cigarettes dry). Thick vegetation, seaweed, lines and submerged trees may tangle one man up. Have insurance and will squared away. T.P.-5, Hang On To Your Line 4. Don't be like one boot who ducked down inside his "armored" turret during an attack and then later when he discovered that the turret was made of 3/4" plywood he fainted. Slipping on deck, stepping on loose expended shell casings, and sudden jolts have flung many PT men into the sea. ", 1. 02 Footlocker. Dry them well-especially between the toes. In addition to the balsa raft, each boat is equipped with two 7-man 'lubber rafts which are ideal for abandoning ship. If it is impossible to get your boat off a reef, it should be blown to bits. Like any engine, machine, or apparatus, the equipment in the charthouse was made to be operated. They also did not have air conditioning, meaning summer nights in the crew’s quarters were hot and stuffy. Correspondence courses are open to you in almost any subject that interests you. 4 trousers (dungarees, etc.). ... And in order to maximize the limited space, the forward torpedo room also formed the crew quarters. 12. Transmit as little as possible to expedite traffic, to reduce confusion, and to avoid enemy interception and RDF tracking. [The owner] expects to continue at the same pace on the new boat, and they need proper spaces to live their lives offshore.. Swiss files and chisels or any similar small tools are a great help in smoothing out souvenirs. Give power-of-attorney to trustworthy person. The guns must fire when you want them. Kill your ignorance at every opportunity. Keep binoculars in good shape. It is best to stick together, however, for in numbers there is greater safety. You don't need much to make the proper mixture for an explosion. Soap, shaving gear (except razors) are usually available. Enemy tanks and trucks also appear on the tally sheet. 30-Cal. This type of practice, "blind cocking and blind loading" is invaluable. Here are the first five rules when you are handing over a gun or tearing it down: The old saying, "Fire is a good servant, but a bad master," applies well to PTs whose wood and gasoline are wonderful ingredients for a roaring fire. Cracks in paint around structural members will show movement. 5. Note how reverberations shake the gunner’s body. Have your life jacket on, have attached in some manner, a small flashlight waterproofed with rubber sheaths, whistle, a mirror, and your 45-caliber pistol strapped on loaded with a clip of 45-caliber tracer. 1/72 USN 5 inch 51 Cal. And remember, you are not the only pebble on the beach. The day room is usually taken over by the engineers. Sunlight weakens and fades the phosphorous dials. Gas can come at any time-any place-from any direction--listen and be warned -Be Ready. In September 1944, PT-305 briefly operated out of Saint-Tropez, France, but that short time was long enough for the crew to transform the boat. The whistle and reflector are useful in signaling. Your feet must breathe. Ritchie spills the coffee on his shirt, he is seen at the mess table in PT 109's forward crew's quarters, but when he emerges on deck to see what has happened, he comes up through a hatch at the stern of the boat under the 20mm gun. Stow it carefully, well lubricated and in a watertight box. Dry this gear out at the base after every patrol. Gas vapor is what you have to fear most. It should be operated uncaged at all times under way. Accidents can and do happen. Once used they should be refilled as soon as possible even though only one tenth of the bottle was used. The boat on hearing or seeing the noise or flashes will immediately reverse course and pick you up. Countless engineers have saved themselves and their shipmates and their boats just by observing this one rule: Sniff before you turn on any switch! Cockpit.-This "flying bridge" is the center of the boat. A lot of time, money and effort has been expended on these books. The fitness centre features weight sets, heavy bags, treadmills, LifeCycles and stair steppers, while lounge amenities include two flatscreen TVs. 2 pairs of shoes. Specialist crew, such as radioman, torpedomen and machineman were responsible for the operation and maintenance of equipment aboard the U-boat. Squadron Towing Gear.-Also called "bridle and pendant". Keep oil at the proper level in the recuperating cylinder-use only U. S. Army Spec. Understand the operation of the rack and also the remote firing circuits. Have the correct recognition equipment in perfect condition and at hand. "-JOHN PAUL JONES. An open-head pump underway is-like having a hole in your bottom. 12 handkerchiefs. If you ever spill any gasoline overboard while fueling or during any other work don't even think of starting your engines, main or auxiliary, until the boat is towed away from that spot or until the wind and the sea dissipate the gasoline. A large crew mess and laundry room round out E&Es crew area. Covers or rags in the barrel have caused explosions while firing, so be sure such things are removed before firing. Star Fish’s crew lounge incorporates a media area/coffee bar, small galley and large dining/meeting area. In addition to a huge galley, there is a large crew lounge to port – a major change in design from Big Fish, which has its lounge on the lower deck. Leaky rudder post packing can let in quantities of water. T.P.-1, Pointers on Boiler Operation Get the feel of the gun, the magazine, their every part and get the rhythm in cocking, loading, and firing. Anchor.-The anchor provided to PT boats are light weight (50 pounds) and are designed to have far greater holding power than the old style anchor. Before going over the side be sure you have all necessary gear lashed inside the life-rafts. Don't full load the gun until signal is given. Don't clutter up the beaches near your anchorage with tin cans. 9. The "time fuse" (black or dark core) burns at the rate of 30-40 sec. Get it from your O. N. I. officer. 3. Different browsers and fonts will cause Prevent it by wearing ear plugs and by drying out your ears completely after coming out. If necessary, two crew can double up and make a cabin available for a nanny or other supernumerary staff. Try it on-make the proper adjustments for a good fit. The belt in the magazine should not be drum tight but neither should it be visibly slack. Check cables and plugs occasionally for corrosion. 8. Giving the crew their own dedicated deck (or decks) may be common on superyachts in the 100m range, but it’s practically unheard of on smaller vessels. Nature does not grow new noses or new eyes or new fingers. Everyone should know how to stop a HOT RUN. A PT operates chiefly at night and any kind of illumination of deck is taboo. To combat moisture from spray, watertight overhead and bulkheads cannot be allowed to wear or leak. If you cannot get the projectile out in a few seconds, secure the gun for about 5 minutes. 8. Losses. Bofors Guns. Maybe you can prove to the boys that Sheboygan is on the map. When PTs operate in sight of land, special care must be taken in VHF transmission. Always try to set up a tournament or competition. Dead Lights.-Are the ports which give light below decks and cannot be opened. We have not attempted to correct any errors found in the original document. Galileo G’s crew mess is more than 150 square feet, and the laundry is almost that large. Megaphone communication between boats in a section should be used to minimize radio transmissions. Knife. Above all, understand the difference between the "time fuse" and "instantaneous fuse". Hence, the many fingerprints often found there. Once a Jap bullet punctured a refrigerator unit and drained it of all its freon. It can and has turned out American, Italian, French, Chinese, and even Japanese cuisine. If it is not, mosquitoes, snakes, scorpions, centipedes, and other venomous creatures can get in. Have a compass to find your way if you are in the jungle or adrift in a raft. Put your name on the canteen issued to you. If an engineer does not want to be a flaming torch of fire, he had better sniff the engine room for gas fumes before he starts the engines or any electrical apparatus in the engine room. A leaky fresh-water pump will mean a serious loss. T.P.-13, About Clean Oil Take care of it. Gear should not be piled or stowed on top of them. 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