Mak­ing Waves

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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.

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