Buffalo in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Buffalo, Erie County Military & Naval Park
With the close of World War II, the United States Navy scrapped or sold almost its entire PT Boat fleet. During the next twenty years, differing fast patrol and torpedo/missile armed boat designs were experimented with. However, now new class of fast patrol boats was mass-produced for the United States Navy. During the Vietnam War, it was immediately recognized that such patrol craft were urgently needed. Production of new vessels to patrol coastal and inland waterways became a necessity. Built from plans supplied by the Royal Norwegian Navy of their successful “Nasty” Class of PTs, PTF-17 and several sisters were manufactured from parts supplied from Norway in 1968 by John Trump and Sons of
Annapolis, MD. PTF-17 was rushed into use as a high-speed reconnaissance and patrol craft in Vietnam. Powered by two Napier-Deltic 3100 horsepower diesel engines, she could travel at up to 38 knots with a tactical turning radius of 300 meters. Original
armament consisted of a 40mm Bofors on the stern, one 20mm Oerlikon per side and an 81mm/.50 caliber machine gun piggyback mounting on the bow.
In the high temperatures and humidity of Vietnam, air conditioning was installed throughout the interior of the boat. Fourteen enlisted and four officer berths were available for the crew. A galley equipped with a sink, refrigerator, electric stove and cabinets kept the crew supplied with provisions for up to two weeks.
Erected 1979 by Buffalo and Erie County Military & Naval Park.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: War, Vietnam • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1968.
Location. 42° 52.647′ N, 78° 52.815′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, New York, in Erie County. Memorial can be reached from Marine Drive south of Marine Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: One Naval Park Cove, Buffalo NY 14202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. USS The Sullivans (DD-537) (within shouting distance of this marker); 106th Field Artillery Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker); Buffalo Cavalry Association (within shouting distance of this marker); Dedicated to the Men of the 102nd Separate Battalion Coast Artillery Anti-Aircraft (within shouting distance of this marker); God Honor and Country (within shouting distance of this marker); In Recognition of Long and Faithful Service (within shouting distance of this marker); Special Marine Corps Units of W.W.II (within shouting distance of this marker); Wedding of the Waters (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buffalo.
Also see . . . Historic Naval Ships Association: PTF-17. (Submitted on August 2, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 2, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 416 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 2, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.