“Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem.”
"Captain wants to go waterskiing........"
Are those two Packard 12 cylinder engines. Wow!!
My question would be: good enough ear protectors?
How does 9 stacks divide into 24 cyl?
probably the middle set services both engines
Does anyone truly EVER have enough motor?
YEAH, BABY!https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Packard_1A-2500#VariantsPT boats had three of them suckers.
If you look closer the middle row are doubled up.
Port side engine exhaust stacks look black around the exit. Not running as well as the other engine.
On one of my summer midshipman cruises (mid '70s) I saw some of the Navy's last remaining PT boats in San Diego. (I believe these versions had aluminum hulls, and they might have served in Viet Nam.) I thought they were cool as hell, but a crewman hated the engines. (Not sure they were Packards; they might have been Rolls-Royce.) In his words, they were "made of plastic" and the only place the Navy had to get them repaired was in the Philippines.
The original PT boats were given to Allies, or burned in place. Wood hulls, the Navy wasn't going to pay for maintenance on toys.