Quick Hits: June 11, 2020

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While most people know about PT-109 — arguably the most famous patrol boat of WWII, thanks to its Lieutenant Commander John Fitzgerald Kennedy and the film that was made of the boat’s adventures in the Pacific Theater — there was another S-Class Patrol Torpedo boat that JFK commanded, and it may be mired in the muck off Manhattan. PT-59, built by Bayonne, N.J.’s Electric Launch Company in 1942, changed owners a handful of times before Redmond Burke abandoned it off Manhattan’s Inwood neighborhood, where it sank according to an article in The New York Times. Divers contracted by the city’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority came upon the wreckage while clearing the area for a seawall construction project. The boat is now being excavated. 

Freedom Boat Club will hold a grand opening of its newest club located in Ventura, Calif., on Monday. The Ventura Isle Marina is owned by husband and wife Daniel and Jennifer Hasbrouck, who were recently presented the Franchise of the Year Award for their Freedom Boat Club of San Diego. “Pioneering the first ever west coast Freedom Boat Clubs with my wife, Jennifer, has been a wonderful experience and a life-long dream,” said Daniel Hasbrouck in a statement.

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