Workers making engines and hulls for Patrol Torpedo Boats (PT Boats) in the United States.
United States USA Date:1943 Duration:3 min 43 sec Sound:Yes
The film 'Devil Boats' shows the construction of Patrol Torpedo Boats in the United States. A young woman stands on a small bridge. A Patrol Torpedo Boat in the background. Two patrol boats underway at sea. Naval officers stand in a line. Workers enter the ELCO Marine Division plant. Assembly of PT boat hull and wiring. A woman worker examines wiring. One of the oldest workers, Frederick Buckley, supervises. Scenes from the Packard factory in Detroit Michigan, where the engines for the PT Boats are made. Engineers and technicians work on building a boat. Ingots thrust into ladels and poured into iron cauldrons. Drop hammer at work on hot pieces. Aluminum crank case moving on assembly line and then anodized by dipping in anodizing solution. Welders weld jackets to cylinder heads on the engine. Engine block lowered into position and joined to completed crank case. Final assembly of engine for PT boat. A woman paints yellow color on a part of the boat. After completion the Patrol Torpedo Boat is lifted by a crane. Shows Bob Palmer who used to be a factory worker and is now in the Navy in the PT service. Naval officer shakes hands with Palmer who had been painting his ID on the engine block.
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