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Re: PT-109 Decks
Posted by Ray Crean on May 22, 2022, 10:05:23, in reply to "PT-109 Decks
SO I know there are a lot of PT experts that visit here... I wanted to know what the thought is on the 109's deck. I've read that they were covered in canvas and that the deck should be sanded away on the kits... but I've seen this image and I can clearly see the deck lines. Granted this might have been before the boat made it to the Pacific, but I don't think they'd have applied the canvas there.. seems like more of a factory activity
than something done in the field.
What do folks here think?
The decks of early Elco boats were planked with 4" mahogany strips laid in a V pattern. Many years ago, I was fortunate enough to see a sixteen mm color film of the construction of 80" Elcos, such as PT-109, called "The Giant Killers", made by the company. The decks of the 80' Elcos were covered with wide plywood mahogany sheets. Fore and aft planking was never used on the early boats. An interesting side note was that the curved stem of the hull was shaped with an adze by Scandinavian workmen hired for that purpose because that was the only way to get the proper curvature at the time. Hope this is useful.
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