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Help the National World War II Museum Indentify PT Boat Generators

| 2/20/2013 10:57:35 AM

The National World War II Museum is restoring a PT boat and needs help finding two generators.

 U.S. Motors Corp. BXB 2.5 kilowatt unit 

The National World War II Museum's mission is telling the story of the American Experience in that war. The museum is restoring a historic PT boat built by Higgins Industries in New Orleans, identified as hull number PT-305. The 305 served in the European Theater of Operations with distinction, where it sunk two German vessels.

The PT-305 restoration team, made up of citizen volunteers, has been working on this project for 18 months. These museum volunteers have a record of accomplishment: They built a Higgins LCVP and rebuilt the LCPL using the original specifications from Higgins Industries. Both Higgins boats are on display in the National World War II Museum.

The museum is painstakingly reconstructing PT-305 to its appearance in the Mediterranean in 1944 and 1945. Furthermore, the museum is striving to launch the PT-305 in Lake Pontchartrain (in New Orleans) for demonstration prior to its placement on permanent exhibit. To accomplish this, a great many vintage items are needed to complete the project.

PT boats had two gasoline-powered water-cooled auxiliary generator units installed, which supplied 28.5 volts DC power to re-charge galley equipment batteries for chow or coffee. The generator units also drove bilge pumps at the same time.


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