Quake brings WWII PT boat up from ocean floor


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Quake brings WWII PT boat up from ocean floor
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Wreckage from a World War II torpedo boat was tossed up from the sea in the Solomon Islands after a powerful 8.1 earthquake hit the area in early April, an official said Friday.

Jay Waura of the National Disaster Management Office said the explosive-laden boat was exposed when reefs were pushed up three meters (10 feet) above sea level by the April 2 quake, which caused a devastating tsunami in the western Solomon Islands that killed 52 people.

The Solomons' coastline is still littered with decaying military wrecks from World War II, including the torpedo patrol boat commanded by U.S. President John F. Kennedy.

"My team members believe that this boat could have been one of those U.S. torpedo boats such as the famous PT-109, which the late U.S. President John F. Kennedy had served aboard during the war," Waura said.

Kennedy's boat was sunk by a Japanese destroyer in the Blackett Strait in August 1943 off Gizo, the main town of western Solomon Islands. The Solomons' main island, Guadalcanal, was the scene of fierce World War II fighting.
My Uncle Teddy was a RN Commander in WWII on one of these jobs and ended up attached to the USN in the Pacific just before close of play. Went on to run Schweppes in the States. Used to send me yank shirts when I was a nipper, all different coloured stripes, looked like pajama tops. Did the other kids on the council estate take the pis*, What do you think. Seem to remember it was $3 to the pound then, Happy Days.
Cool beans! Kinda surprised that much of a wooden boat would survive in those warm waters.

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