Gallery of Restoration

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Beginning of Restoration…

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During Restoration...

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Beginning The Details...

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Restoration... More Details...

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On The Water...

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Two former PBR sailors have accused me of defacing PBR, and SBU XI History by removing the issued hard top on PBR 721! By the way, the PBR parts store is out of business. For all other people that might have an issue with the boat, I’ll submit the following:

And to set the record straight, I submit two pictures of PBR 721 in service. PBR 721 with a hard top as issued, and a later pic, in service as a rag top!
US Navy River Patrol Boat (PBR) in Government Use.
US Navy PBR 77

Dennis Ambruso

8 thoughts on “Gallery of Restoration”

  1. Fantastic reconstruction!
    Until Just recently i didn’t know your site nor others like it existed…go figure.
    Those build pics and the up close shots brought backa lot of memories!
    I crewed at NIOTC Jan.’70 -April ’71.
    I worked the Electric Shack.
    I had a number of boats of all classes PBR’s through STABS and ATC assigned to my “care”. Which was to maintain and repair the electrical systems used (and abused) during the training of future Riverine crews.
    Nice work! Thanks for posting the site.

  2. Wow!!! How cool is that??!! Now you need the Chief to ferry the boat, along with Kilgore’s choice surfer Lance, the young Mr. Clean & my personal favorite, the “handle-bar wearing” Jay “Chef” Hicks. Figuratively speaking, I’m guessing the sentimental value of your PBR is much higher than the monetary one, just sayin’!! Much envy to you, Semper Fidelis from a Marine and a Vietnam Historian.

  3. I was in river division 513, Rach Soi an Ha Tien, 69 -70. I was assigned to PBR 691 . I really liked the boats and I got pretty good at operating them. What is the issue you had about the hard top? Our canopy was basically a soft top. My assigned position was forward gun mount. I guess since I was a gunners mate. Beautiful boat, good job and someday I will get a ride on one again.

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