Lead: Sleek and fast, the PT Boat often proved itself the first line of offense to the beleaguered Allies in World War II.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The patrol torpedo boat or as it was known simply, the PT boat, was the happy fusion of streams in the evolution of speed-boating. First, in these low-lying craft were placed massive marine engines, three Packard V-12 power plants, boasting 1250 horsepower each. These could drive a fifty-two ton boat at more than forty knots hour after hour in the most extreme weather and sea conditions. Second, this propulsive force was enclosed in a hull constructed of mahogany timbers held together by a spruce and oak superstructure so resilient that the little boats could withstand occasional complete submerging and once in a while jump into full flight above the surging current.


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