At precisely 12:29:58 this afternoon, the Pt-728 entered Put-in-Bay harbor. Previously, the vessel was spotted near the Brig Niagara in Schoolhouse Bay, Middle Bass Island. Michael Gora, of Middle Bass Island, posted pictures of the two historic vessels on his Facebook site.
According to the Liberty Aviation Museum Web page:
On August 17th, Liberty Aviation Museum’s WWII Pt-728 Thomcat emerged from the museum boathouse en route to Lake Erie! Our PT boat is beginning to test all of the boat’s onboard systems. Once those items check out, sea trials will go on; and of course, final US Coast Guard certifications. The Liberty Aviation Museum’s WWII Vosper PT boat, the Pt-728 Thomcat is expected to be in full service sometime in the Spring of 2017 offering dockside tours & PT boat ride experiences. And at that time next spring, a formal dedication ceremony will be held and open to the public.
Currently, the PT boat is not available for public viewing while testing is going on away from the Liberty Aviation Museum at the Erie-Ottawa International Airport Authority in Port Clinton, Ohio. We will do our best to bring you images and video during the time that the boat is out of the public viewing area. We will announce a location & time for viewing the boat should we have an opportunity once all testing is complete. In the off season, the PT-728 Thomcat will return to the Liberty Aviation Museum in our boathouse.
Click on any image below for the large view!