WWII PT-305 Boat moves to the river

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - It took nearly a decade to renovate the history WWII PT-305 Boat. Now, it's on it's way to a boat house on Lake Ponchartrain.

The PT-Boat made it's way through the streets of New Orleans Saturday morning to head to the Mississippi River to be placed on a barge to be taken it to the lake.

Two miles may not sound that far of a move, but when you're moving at walking speed.

PT-305 was manufactured by Higgins Industries in New Orleans in 1943.

The PT-305 along with other PT-Boats was assigned to the Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron in on November 10, 1943, where it was assigned to the Mediterranean.

When the boat returned to the United States in 1945, the boat retired and was modified to be put to work as an oyster boat in the Chesapeake Bay. It remained an  oyster boat until 2001. When it was purchased by the Defenders of American Naval Museum in Galveston, TX, the National WWII Museum contacted them about possibly transferring the PT-305 to the Museum. where it finished renovations.

Lakeshore Landing will be site where the museum's exhibit and boathouse will be based. The new development will feature the PT-305 Boat Exhibit and Boathouse in partnership with the National WWII Museum. The museum will also offer civilian boat rides on the historic wooden boat.

You can purchase tickets HERE.


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