Mexico, California, Florida discussed on Morning Drive with Casey and Elliot
Good on my way to see the World War two boat right now, because we're planning to pull it out Tuesday out of the water to tell our listeners what you've got going on there. So I've been proud to help achieve bringing a actually It's one of the last World War. Two US Army crash boats It's an 85 ft boat that was built in California. She's the last Operational an original crash boats of that era. So tell everybody what a crash boat does, Ted. Well, basically the U. S Army during World War two, constructed and fill or had purchased built these boats to rescue down pilots also used them to insert. Special teams to go behind enemy lines and Scout Island and you know in the Pacific to see if there was any Japanese Japanese occupation or forces there, Um And they also served in Korea as well. Rescuing downed pilots and doing the same thing. A bunch of CIA missions. Boats kind of were also nicknamed Spook boats. Because the OSF and the CIA, we're using those votes insert special teams. And do all types of psyops missions and so forth, But none of them have ever been lost in combat. Um, this is the last one is very similar to a PT boat and shapes and forms. But you know, the U. S Army actually controlled it, And then it went to the airport. When the army and the airport split in the 50. So proud to have her there in Cambridge, just because that shipyard built the World War two boats back then, and they built, I think about 15 of her sister ships. There at that facility, so we're actually gonna be bringing her up on the railway slip. On Tuesday, and that's the first time those rails have touched an 85 FT crash boat for some 80 plus years. Wow and how long is going to be up on the railway? Um, we're going to have some insurance work done from some damage that occurred at shipping when it was transported to Florida from Mexico. What through the Panama Canal and Basically, we're hoping we only have her out of the water for maybe a month. Wow. So so so if people come down to Cambridge, and they go to the to the city dock over there They can look across the way and see that boat up on the rails. They will see that boat up on the rails and basically, hopefully we'll have her back in the water very soon. I mean, we're going to have our finally we'll have our ship. Survey Hall survey done. And our Coast Guard inspection done as well. We can start charging for tours. It's something that I'm proud of that we brought to the Chesapeake. We want to make this sort of, uh, sort of like a pride of Baltimore but its power vote and the World War two historical vote. And traveling the chance to speak and educating the public on the service and the communities, you know, like a lot of ones that you represent Andy that help contribute to the war effort for World War two building these kind of votes. Absolutely just a wonderful piece of history. I mean, you know, you know, it's one of those things where you stand on the boat. And, you know, we had the the privilege of joining Ted and going out actually out into the Choptank on the boat and you stand on the boat. And you just think Like what has this boat scene? Right. You know, if you could, if you could picture what this vote is seen, because you right, Ted? I mean, the idea that you know they had special boats that you were just out there to go and recover pilots. Yep, you know, and it really is an amazing experience to just even walk around it because Go ahead, Ted. You appreciate. I mean, you see the pictures we have on board of these boats operating in Alaska and the illusions island rescuing down pilot and you're saying I'm on a wooden boat in ice floes. You know, at minus 40 degree weather? Yes. And and it's a doctor going back, going back to the stern and looking at the quote hospital that was in the back. You know that hospital is not a hospital. I want to be. Yeah. I mean, wooden bunks where you basically have to get these and I imagine some of these pilots were pretty badly injured coming down and you've got to get them there, stabilize them, Bring them back, and they're literally lying in these wooden bunks. Cramped quarters. As you can imagine a boat like anyway, It's a great piece history, Ted. Thanks very much for calling and have a great July 4th holiday. That really was a great experiencing that seeing that boat. We'll have to encourage people to when he starts the tours.