The historic World War II Patrol-Torpedo boat PT 305 -- also dubbed the “U.S.S. Sudden Jerk,” docked at the Bay St. Louis Municipal Harbor over the weekend for tours, thanks to a partnership between the National WWII Museum in New Orleans and the Hancock County Tourism Bureau.

Hundreds of people lined up at the Bay St. Louis Municipal Harbor on Saturday and Sunday to get an opportunity to walk the deck of PT-305, the historic vessel restored and maintained by the National WWII Museum in New Orleans.

"I thought it was absolutely wonderful," Hancock Tourism Bureau Director Myrna Green said. "Everything worked out well. … We had a lot of veterans come to see it, and that was special.'

The tour was a result of a partnership between Hancock Tourism and the WWIi Museum.

According to the National WWII Museum's website, "built in New Orleans by Higgins Industries, the patrol-torpedo (PT) boat PT-305 was a critical asset for the US Navy during World War II, serving in European waters from 1944 to the end of the war.

Saturday's excursion was historic in more ways than one, Green said -- it also marked the first time the WWIi Museum had moved the boat from a different venue than its berth on Lake Pontchartrain for tours.

"The museum was extremely happy with the turn-out Saturday. This was their first excursion, and they said they would love to come back."

"We love Bay St. Louis," PT-305 Capt. George Benedetto said Saturday. "The crowds have been great. We're trying to do more outreach, and this is a good opportunity for people who want to see the boat … and she travels well. She's very fast. She's very sea-worthy."

For more information about PT-305 or arranging a tour, call 504-528-1944, ext. 40s, or email

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