1942 Navy Balsa Life Float/Raft
Posted 17 July 2010 - 11:03 AM
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Posted 13 October 2013 - 06:42 PM
I posted this in the New Finds/Acquisitions section if you would like to see all the pictures. When do you ever see one these, let alone completely intact. It is made of a balsa wood ring wraped in canvas that was painted navy grey. The canvas has really only two small holes and some of the tie off ropes have broken but only a few. The brass plate has the US Navy inspection stamping. The wood foor is solid but could use a treatment to preserve it, and the netting which suspends the wood floor is intact and strong. I'll find room to display it. I found a WWII pic of a couple stacked on a ship and read an excerpt from a story of a PT boat shipwreck survivor who spoke of "clinging to that balsa life raft". If anyone has a picture of one being used by shipwreck survivors I would really like to see it. Thanks for looking.
Posted 13 October 2013 - 06:43 PM
Thanks, do you have any more on this? where can I see this one or another? I may make 1 or more.
Posted 15 October 2013 - 06:00 PM
I have no specific leads for you, but you may want to call naval museums such as http://www.ptboats.o...-05-museum.html. Museums sometimes acquire items surplus to their needs that take up storage space. For instance, I've visited the PT Boat museum maybe half a dozen times over the past 25 years. This summer, I noticed they had a bunch of MK17 .50 cal mounts and SO type radar masts stacked beside PT-617 that I had never seen before. The worst that will happen is they'll ignore you.
Posted 15 October 2013 - 06:04 PM
They also came in a few different sizes and configurations. If you are trying to match one for the look of a specific ship, then you will need to be sure to find the right one.
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