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  • Member since
    February, 2003
  • From: Lacombe, LA.
Higgins PT Boats
Posted by Big Jake on Tuesday, June 05, 2018 6:59 AM

I thouoght the group would like to read this article. There are some great pictures in the articles too.

http://www.nola.com/300/2017/06/andrew_higgins_landing_craft_world_war_ii_06042018.html

and this one as well.

http://www.nola.com/300/2018/06/andrew_higgins_world_war_ii_ne.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Tuesday, June 05, 2018 8:04 AM

Big Jake ;

 thanks for the links .Those photos reminded me of my three years as a apprentice at Rybovich Boats in Florida ! . You started as a sweeper and if you were smart ,Three years later you had a crew and when your boat was done , if the old man bought it .You were considered a proffessional boat Builder . 10 years and you could be a Master builder .

 I took a short-cut and joined the firm with those " Big Grey Boats ."

 When I visited the plant in the year before I switched services , I was told my time in the Navy , qualified me as a Master Boat builder . This from the old man himself !

  • Member since
    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, June 05, 2018 3:59 PM

Thanks Jake. Wow, 300 years!

Are you still living there? I loved that museum, and really need to go back. Always adding things.

I wore my "Battleships of Pearl Harbor" Aloha shirt on Memorial Day that I bought at the Museum gift store. One of my favorites.

Met Jon Bon Jovi right outside on the street.

Yes, I would love to go back.

  • Member since
    May, 2010
Posted by amphib on Wednesday, June 06, 2018 5:17 AM

Higgins greatest accomplishment was probably the LCVP. Essentially this was the Eureka boat or LCPL with a hinged ramp as a bow door. Over 23,000 LCVPs -Landing Craft Vehicle, Personnel were built.

There is a recent book by Charles C. Roberts Jr. The Boat That Won The War available from the Naval Institute Press. The book tells the whole story.

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Wednesday, June 06, 2018 9:29 AM

Well ;

    Do you know that many of the Higgins Bow Ramp boats ( LCVP ) are still around ?They convert to great little powered live aboard vessels wher speed is not a requirement . And they are fairly roomy too . Best "Tiny House  "afloat among many .

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