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The John F. Kennedy PT109 Boat with Real Steam Engine
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PT109 Small Tin Boat Reproduction
Dimensions: 5.25" X 2.5" X 1.75"
Engine Dimensions: 2" X 1.25"
Available Colors: Military Green (Model# HH111) or Yellow (Model# HH110)
PT Large Tin Boat Reproduction
Dimensions: 9.5" X 4.0" X 3"
Engine dimensions: 3.9" X 2"
Available Colors: Military Green (Model# HH113) or Yellow (Model# HH112)
The large PT109 boats have the largest Putt-Putt engine ever made. The engine
in this boat is larger that the Putt-Putt boats made in Japan before WWII. The size
of the entire boat was just over 2.5" long. Both boats, the 2.5" and the 9.5", use
the same technology for their propulsion.The PT109 baots are a must have collectors item.
The original boat in the background is for comparision and measures 5.5" long.
The Fate of the PT109
From the Naval Historical Archives
August 2, 1943
"As hereinbefore set out, PTs 162 and 109 of Division B with PT 169
of Division A were in Blackett Strait off Vanga Vanga, as was PT 157,
which however, was not in contact with them. Around 0215 the three
were due East of Gizo Island headed South, in right echelon formation
with PT 109 leading, PT 162 second and PT 169 last. PT 162 saw on a
collision course, a warship headed Northward about 700 yards away.
The PT 162 turned to fire its torpedoes, but they did not fire. The PT
162 finally turned to the Southwest upon getting within 100 yards of
the warship, to avoid collision. Personnel aboard the PT 162
saw 2 raked stacks, and at least 2 turrets aft, and possibly a
third turret. At the time of turning, PT 109 was seen to collide with
the warship, followed by an explosion and a large flame which died
down a little, but continued to burn for 10 or 15 minutes. The warship
when it was about 3000 yards away headed toward them at high speed. The
PT 169 stopped just before the warship hit PT 109, turned toward it and
fired two torpedoes when abeam at 150 yards range. The destroyer straddled
the PT 169 with shell fire, just after it a collision with PT 109, and
then circled left toward Gizo Island at increased speed and disappeared."