During World War II New Orleans’ Higgins Industries manufactured a variety of vessels, from the amphibious landing craft used in the D-Day invasion of Normandy to airborne lifeboats and patrol-torpedo boats (PTs). Today only four combatveteran PT boats remain, with just one fully operational. You’ll find it on Lake Pontchartrain, where it was originally tested 70-plus years ago. Over the past decade, more than 200 volunteers spent 130,000 hours restoring PT-305 for the National WWII
Museum (p. 52), which now provides deck tours and public rides. “By restoring and preserving PT-305, the museum can offer new generations an even deeper connection to the Greatest Generation,” says museum executive vice president Stephen Watson, “the chance to actually walk—and ride—in their footsteps.” For schedule and rates, visit pt305.org.