Magazine article Sea Classics

Museum News

Magazine article Sea Classics

Museum News

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NEW SWIFT BOATS AT WAR IN VIETNAM EXHIBIT OPENS AT MARITIME MUSEUM OF SAN DIEGO

Maritime Museum of San Diego, home to one of the world's finest collections of historic vessels, announces the opening of the new Swift Boats at War in Vietnam exhibit and book release in the steam ferry Berkeley Compass Gallery Saturday, 29 April. The book edited by Guy Gugliotta, John Yeoman, and Neva Sullaway is a compilation of 38 firsthand accounts of men who served on Patrol Craft Fast (PCF), also known as Swift Boats. The exhibit expands the narrative with official and candid photographs. It also includes paintings by combat artist John Steele, on loan from the Navy Art Collection in Washington, D.C. Dr. Ray Ashley, President/CEO of the Maritime Museum of San Diego, said, "We are honored to offer visitors this new educational immersive journey commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War."

The exhibit, open through Veteran's Day, is included with general admission to the Maritime Museum of San Diego. On weekends, for an additional $10, visitors can board the Museum's PCF-816 and feel the power of its twin 12-cylinder Detroit engines on a high-speed 75minute Naval History Bay Cruise.

The authors of Swift Boats at Warm Vietnam are donating all proceeds from book sales to support PCF-816.

ABOUT SWIFT BOATS AND PCF-816

Swift Boats acted as an inner barrier of the naval blockade of South Vietnam to prevent the infiltration of weapons, ammunition, and war matériel from North Vietnam via sampans, junks, and trawlers. …

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