During the past dozen
years, independently three groups of Coast Guard, Air Force and
Navy veterans and other volunteers have restored to operating
condition on the West Coast three types of World War II era
patrol and rescue boats. Specifically these historic boats are
the 83-foot Coast Guard cutter CG-83527, 85-foot
Army Air Force crash rescue boat P-520 and the
Navy patrol torpedo boat PT 658. Together they
are truly a “Freedom
Heritage Fleet” and the sole survivors of these proud
military craft in near original condition and still
March 07- Added fuel tanks
After some careful scrounging I
found these water soluble cutting oil tanks on Ebay. Wink Weber
arranged for their pickup and shipped them to Portland for us. I
picked them up with my trailer in Portland.
In an attempt to recreate the
original fuel fill Royal Journey and I rounded up the necessary
brass and pipe and turned out two of these fillers.
The tanks were selected because
they just fit through the tank room deck plug.
With the 12v fuel pump we pumped
out the last of the fuel in the blue barrels.
This photo shows the fuel fill,
fuel feed and return and vent hoses.
May 07- Stripping pilothouse of old paint
My brother Ted was looking for a
project so I got him to burn out all of the old paint in the