In keeping with Oregon's maritime tradition, we
operate and display PT658 and museum
as a living memorial to the thousands of
U.S. sailors who manned these tiny warships in
nearly every WWII theater of
During 1992-94, a group of gray-haired ex-PT boaters took custody of
PT658, an historic World-War II motor torpedo boat originally built in 1945 by
Higgins Industries in New Orleans. Over the next several years, this group of
former WW II PT Boaters, along with the help of many other volunteers and
contributors, realized their dream of restoring PT658 to its original as-built
condition. Restoration work was done using original PT Boat plans, manuals,
photographs, materials and included overhauling the original Packard V-12
engines. The result is the only fully operational WWII PT boat in the
WORLD. In September 2012, PT658 was listed in the National Registry of Historic
While PT658 is considered the largest artifact in our collection. Save The
PT Boat, Inc's historical collection includes over 600+ unique artifacts just on
the boat. Our on-site computer database contains thousands of cataloged artifacts,
drawings, engine manuals and photos.
The boathouse/museum was constructed in 2007-2008 to display our many
artifacts and protect the the boat from the elements. Our veterans and
volunteers serve as docents and speakers at local school, service clubs and
history groups. The museum annually attracts thousands of tourists and veterans
from throughout the U.S. and from many foreign countries.
Our next major project is to expand our museum space and educational
outreach so that future generations can learn more about naval history, the role
of PT boats in WWII and Oregon's rich maritime history.
PT658 is owned by Save The PT Boat, Inc which is a 501(c)3 non-profit
organization. All gifts are tax deductible as allowed by law.
PT658 Museum Hours and Tours
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