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The December 8, 1944, commissioning photograph of PT-305’s first crew. Top row: Leonard Martyr, James Nerison, Benedict Bronder, Joseph Cirlot, Percy Wallace, William Minnick, William Borsdorff. Second Row: George Miles, Frank Crane, Donald Weamer, Fernando Ferrini. Bottom: William Schoonover. Gift of Mitchell Cirlot.
An unidentified serviceman handles PT-305’s port-side .50-caliber Browning machine gun, or “gun tub.” Gift of Cathy Kaminski.
Ensign Bleeker Morse (left) and Lieutenant Junior Grade Allan Purdy on the bridge of PT-305 in Leghorn (Livorno), Italy, on March 16, 1945. The “kill plaques” on the chart house signify the two enemy craft sunk by PT-305 to that date. Gift of Joseph Brannan.
PT-305, its stern removed during postwar commercial service, returns home to New Orleans in 2007.
PT-305 inside the John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion, which features glass exterior walls that allow the public a permanent, behind-the-scenes view of the restoration and preservation of priceless World War II artifacts.
Thomas Czekanski, the Museum’s senior curator and restorations manager, with PT-305 shortly after her 2007 return to New Orleans.
After removing the glass exterior walls of John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion, PT-305 is placed on a crawler and moved outside to begin her journey back to water.
PT-305 is lifted by crane and placed on a barge on the Mississippi River at Erato Street Cruise Terminal.
PT-305 is transported by barge on the Mississippi River to begin sea trails at Seabrook Marine & Harbor.
PT-305 inside her new permanent home: a custom-built boathouse located at Lakeshore Landing.