dwhatty wrote:... it became the pace-setter for all PT boats built during World War II.
That statement is not correct, but thanks for the engine info.* Very impressive boat.* By the way, the V-12 Packard marine engine (4M-2500) used in the PTs in 1942 developed 1200 hp.* The output was raised later in the war to 1500 hp.
Unless Aphrodite is extremely light, I would be somewhat suspicious of that 60 mph claim.* Popular legend at the time had PTs going 70 mph with three of the 4M-2500s but the truth was that the boats when brand new out of the factory before being loaded down with military gear did about 45 mph tops.* They were much slower in the combat theatres, one reason PT crews were so afraid of Japanese destroyers.* The destroyers could chase and catch a PT fairly easiy, particulary one that had been in the combat theatre for awhile.