Rest in Peace - Mr. Kent Dryden
Liberty Maritime director, Sea Scout leader and our close friend M. Kent Dryden passed away Sept. 23,2014.
Kent had been steadily declining in health, due to cancer, and passed quietly at home with his daughter Airica by his side.
Kent came to the Sea Scout Ship Tiki Too in 1997 and was a founding director of Liberty Maritime in 2001. He has been our partner in the rehabilitation and operation of PTF-26 Liberty, Fir, DSU Dive Boat and countless other projects. He was our Chief Cook, Engineer, gun expert, fabricator, repairman and handyman as well as a friend to our officers and crew. Despite having been diagnosed with cancer a year ago he stayed active in our program, ran drill at all three Northern California Sea Scout regattas and made our summer cruise in June / July.
Kent was a good friend and great shipmate. He is and will continue to be sorely missed.
Captain Jim West
Liberty Maritime is:
"The Last American PT Boat"
PTF-26, Liberty, cruises San Francisco Bay on Memorial Day 2014 Linda Vetter photo
Liberty off The Painted Cave, Santa Cruz Island in July 2010 Liz Morine photo
PTF-26 is a 95 foot U.S. Navy Fast Patrol Boat
With their high speed and no-nonsense, sleek lines the heavily-gunned PTs and PTFs were considered the hot-rods of the navy.
PTFs were the Vietnam War version of the famous WW II PT Boats. They were heavily armed, near-coastal gunboats, used mostly by Special Forces. PTF-26 was delivered to the Military Assistance Group in DaNang, Vietnam in 1968. With a crew of 19 manning a 40mm Bofors cannon aft, two 20mm Oerlikon AA guns just forward of the house and a .50 caliber Browning machine gun/81mm mortar piggy-back mount forward, her design speed was 40 knots. PTF-26 is the last of only four Osprey-Class PTFs, the bigger, aluminum-hulled sister to the wooden Nasty-Class boats. PTF-26 is the final PTF and the last US PT Boat ever built.
In 1971, with the draw-down of forces PTF-26 returned to the United States. She continued to be used by the Navy for patrol, training and equipment testing. She first served as part of Coastal River Squadron One in Coronado, then at the Pacific Missile Test Center at Port Hueneme, CA. She was released by the Navy in 1985, and brought back for further service from 1987 through 1990. PTF-26 now serves as an operational museum and youth training vessel. Her homeport is in Sacramento, CA.
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