We set out Sunday morning to ride the SD Maritime Museum’s Swift boat. These were used in Vietnam during the war on the rivers. They went up to 29 knots not rising to plane on top of the water but with the stern sinking with the higher speeds.
The museumweb sitehttp://sdmaritime.org/visit/the-ships/pcf-816-swift-boat/ says:
“In 1971, the US Navy donated two Swift Boats to the newly formed Republic of Malta’s Maritime Squadron. After forty years of coastguard duty, Malta retired these boats from service. In 2011, Malta's Minister of Defense donated a Swift Boat to the Maritime Museum of San Diego with our promise to preserve her history and to pay tribute to all Swift Boat Sailors from both countries.
It’s a much longer tour than other’s give. Here we pass the Midway going at a sedate 9 knots.
And further down the bay, we pass the two new ships recently launched
Followed by miles of navy ships in the south bay.
Heading north again, the Captain raised the speed to 19 knots. The diesels are tired, one more than the other, but she can still give us a good turn of speed up the coast. We donated to the engine replacement fund.
Just for a moment we cruised by the newest carrier to be homeported in San Diego then crossed the bay and docked. The exhilaration from our trip lasted all day.