PB MK3 PATROL BOAT
Builders: Marinette Marine, Wisc. and Peterson Builders, Sturgeon Bay, Wisc.
Classification: These craft are also designated as Special Warfare Craft, Medium (SWCM). The Naval Systems Command designates these craft as PB Mk 3l however, they are listed as Mk III in the Fleet.
Design: The Mk III is a modified commercial craft used to support offshore drilling platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. These craft are of all-aluminum construction with their pilot house offset to starboard to provide maximum deck space for weapons and equipment. The craft has low radar cross-section and quiet engines for clandestine operations. Mission duration is up to five days.
Guns: These craft generally are fitted with an automatic 40-mm gun forward and up to four .50-cal machine guns on pintle mountings. These are also hard points on the deck for fitting larger guns as well as missiles. They can also be rigged to carry mines, torpedoes, or minesweeping gear.
Missiles: The PB III was used to evaluate the Norwegian-developed Penguim SSM with four stowage/launcher containers being fitted on the after portion of the deck.
Readers Photos: Photos from Mike Kalpak
I feel like the Grim Reaper bringing bad news. I was just up in Wilmington, and found that the other of the Sea Spectres rejected by California Fish & Game was broken up in June by California Diesel.. That was the 65PB737. They had already broken up the 65PB755 in 2000. To my knowledge, General Propulsion still has the 65PB736 in their yard in Palm Springs; I've never been there and want to take a drive over there in the winter when its cooler in the desert. -George.
Dan: This is old news, but something none-the-less. Chip http://www.dfg.ca.gov/news/news98/98042.html
02/13/01 from Patrick Flynn, [Patrick_Flynn@nyc.yr.com]
There are currently 3 boats for sale on Guam coming up in next months DRMS offering. I have done all the leg work for shipping, and have found it will cost $150k to dry ship it from Guam to CA. A little too much for my blood, but here is everything I have gathered to date.
If someone is interested I can help with some of the shipping contacts I have used to generate my pricing with Matson as they are the only shipper to go direct between Guam and the West coast of the US.
The information listed below was supplied by DRMS on Guam. The Patrol Boats were sold in September 2000. The weights listed in the catalog for that sale were erroneous and a waiver was required to be signed by the buyer. The boats were awarded but the buyers did not sign the waiver so now the boats are being offered on sale again. The high bids we received for the boats on that sale were, $54,432.00, $31,115.21 and $40,001.11. Those were the bids on IFB 50-0720, items 15, 16 and 17. Bid Opening for the patrol boats is March 20, 2001 and inspection begins March 5, 2001. The method of sale is sealed bid and the catalog should be available on the web approximately three days before the first day of inspection.
Length Overall 64'- 10 3/4"
What ever happened to those 3 MKIII's in Guam that were for sale. I heard they were sold, then I heard they were pulled off.
Sorry I took so long to respond. I've been home about a week, but haven't been paying much attention to E-mail while getting caught up on everything else. The MkIII's went back for sale on IFB 50-1710, with a bid-opening date of 03/20/2001. 65PB775 and 65PB776 both went to Dong Yang Steel (Guam) Co., P.O.Box 26396 G.M.F., Barrigada, Guam, 96921. The first went for $51,000, the second for $46,000. 65PB751 went to Harbor Equipment Services LLC, c/o Bruce C. Spencer, PO Box 820, Cherry Hill NJ 08002, for $35,000. Dong Yang had bid $22,300 for her. These were from the Bid Abstract list, which only lists the bidders and their bids; its not actually the confirmation of who received them, although its rare that the highest bidder doesn't win. Hope this helps. -George.
Do you have any updated information about the 65' PBmk3? Your web site has info up to '79. I know that 3 of them had major retrofit in '91. I did the air/water/hydraulics on them at Mare Island. I got transferred before they were finished. I was there for most of the work, but missed the good parts at the end I was looking to see how their equipping them now. Henry Berger [firstname.lastname@example.org]
PB-736 - Tuck Rion - North Myrtle Beach, S.C..
PB-759 - Terry Harmon - Mobile,Alabama
01/08/03 HI, Attached are some pictures of a PB 777 taken sometime in 81. The boat is rigged with Penguin Missiles. I was an FTM along with one other FT, we were in charge of testing the Norwegian missile. You guys have a nice website.
More photos at http://donslack.coolfreepage.com
Thanks FTMC(SW) Ret, Don Slack