PT Boat Historian and Model Maker is Guest Speaker at Channel Islands Maritime Museum

Oxnard, CA - Bridge Carney, PT boat historian and model maker, will be the featured guest at the next Channel Islands Maritime Museum Speaker Series, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Oct. 20, at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard. Carney will share his experience with the ELCO PT boat and its missions in the Pacific, as well as discuss the PT 157, its crew, and its assignments in the Solomon Islands, including some of the more notable and harrowing missions in the South Pacific during the summer of 1943. These missions include the 157’s skillfully executed rescue in contested waters of the PT 109 crew and its skipper, Lt. John F. Kennedy, who would go on to become the 35th President of the United States.

Carney’s two books on the subject, written in collaboration with the original skipper and torpedo man of the PT 157, also cover the making of his highly accurate and detailed PT 157 model, which will be on display at the presentation.

The Speaker Series is a lecture series held every third Thursday at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum. Refreshments are served at 6.30 p.m. and the lecture begins at 7.00 p.m. Entry is free with membership, $5 for non-members, $4 for seniors. For more information, visit or call (805) 984-6260.