PBR-7210: Acquistion 

 
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Although I was a Navy guy, I was a Tin Can Sailor in Vietnam (?65-?66) aboard the USS Stoddard, DD-566, before the PBRs were in country. The early 80? PTFs (Patrol Torpedo Fast) were operational out of DaNang and they captured my interest. There was nothing like hearing the two 18 cylinder turbocharged Napier Deltic diesel engines throttle up leaving DaNang harbor. Several photos that I took of the PTF?s lead to the creation of the website, www.ptfnasty.com . Interest in that website spawned www.warboats.org when more stories were presented about the other small boats that guys served aboard.

The 501C-3 non-profit organization, Combatant Craft of America was also created in late 2000 with the mission to: ?to preserve, maintain and bring up to operational standards these machines so that their true significance can be experienced through sound, smell and wind in the face. ?  Although the original goals were lofty, we are still striving to get some boats running again. http://www.combatantcraft.org/

Along the way I decided to start a boat restoration of some kind.  Retirement was approaching. The PBR was a consideration, but not much information was available about them.  I decided to start with an 83? Coast Guard Cutter which was available in Rio Vista, Ca. That history and effort is documented at www.cg83527.org and this article in The Sea Chest, the quarterly journal of the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society.  Select RESTORING CG-83527: The Cutter and Her Stories.

About 10 years ago I became connected with BIMM, then the Bellingham International Maritime Museum. They had been collecting PBR hulls and parts. Since the original PBR?s were designed and manufactured in Bellingham, it was a natural and hoping to make a go at sharing the history of the PBR and the history of Art Nordvedt and his company Uniflite, also known as United Boat Builders.

Several years ago the museum decided to change their mission and become more focused on Pacific Northwest and other local area maritime history and the artifacts that they could locate, such as anchors. There was a more ready audience for that kind of history than the military vessels.

In the middle of all of this I started developing a pictorial history book with my friend Chuck Fowler. Patrol and Rescue Boats on Puget Sound was published and some of the PBR?s history was included within.  http://www.combatantcraft.org/PRBPS.htm

I was ready for a PBR project and purchased the PBR722. Unfortunately it sat at the Port of Everett (Wa) holding yard for a year while I was having a knee and shoulder replaced.  BIM had decided to move out of the Port of Bellingham building that had served them well for 10 years in a downsizing effort. I decided to take over 2 more of their remaining PBR hulls, the 7210 and the 6827, plus any other MKII parts they had collected. These items were moved south to an Arlington, Wa. farm that had some ideal storage options. Everything was moved during November, December (2014) and January (2015). Along the way I rounded up a pair of 6V53 engines slated for the 722 boat.

The 7210 boat was to be the jewel of the BIM collection. They had  put in many hours of effort in the restoration and it shows. The arrangement we made included almost everything needed to complete the 7210.

So here we are February 9th, 2015 with another project to get going on. This is the website that will document this project.