New Swift Boats at War in Vietnam Exhibit Opens at Maritime Museum of San Diego April 29

Immersive Exhibit of Survival Stories, Photographs and Swift Boat PCF
816 San Diego Bay Tours Recognizes Those Who Served

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Maritime Museum of San Diego, home to one of the world’s finest
collections of historic vessels, announces the opening of the new Swift
Boats at War
in Vietnam exhibit and book release in the steam
ferry Berkeley Compass Gallery Saturday, April 29. The book
edited by Guy Gugliotta, John Yeoman and Neva Sullaway is a compilation
of 38 firsthand accounts of men who served on Patrol Craft Fast (PCF),
also known as Swift Boats. The exhibit expands the narrative with
official and candid photographs. It also includes paintings by combat
artist John Steele, on loan from the Navy Art Collection in Washington,
D.C. Dr. Ray Ashley, President/CEO of the Maritime Museum of San Diego,
said “We are honored to offer visitors this new educational immersive
journey commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam
War.”

The exhibit, open through Veteran’s Day, is included with general
admission to the Maritime Museum of San Diego. On weekends, for an
additional $10, visitors can board the Museum’s PCF 816 and feel the
power of its twin 12-cylinder Detroit engines on a high-speed 75-minute
Naval History Bay Cruise.

The authors of Swift Boats at War in Vietnam are donating all
proceeds from book sales to support PCF 816. For more information visit
sdmaritime.org or call 619-234-9153 ext. 101.

About Swift Boats and PCF 816

Swift Boats acted as an inner barrier of the naval blockade of South
Vietnam to prevent the infiltration of weapons, ammunition, and war
matériel from North Vietnam via sampans, junks, and trawlers. In July
1968, U.S. Swift Boats shifted to patrolling rivers, canals, and the
Mekong Delta’s 3,000-mile labyrinth of waterways. Not since the Civil
War had the U.S. Navy combat vessels fought in such close quarters with
naval blockades, upriver and in narrow canals. From 1965 through 1970,
about 3,600 men served on and supported Swift Boat operations in
Vietnam. Four hundred were wounded; 50 died.

In 2012, PCF 816 made the long journey from Malta to the Maritime Museum
of San Diego. Volunteers including Vietnam veterans helped restore the
vintage vessel, which now thunders across San Diego Bay on weekends.
Guests on PCF 816 hear the story of the U.S. Navy in San Diego and Naval
Base Coronado, the training station for Swift Boat sailors, where PCF
816 and the Swift Boat stories began.

About the Maritime Museum of San Diego

The Maritime Museum of San Diego enjoys a worldwide reputation for
excellence in restoring, maintaining and operating historic vessels. The
museum has one of the world’s finest collections of historic ships,
including the world’s oldest active ship the Star of India.
The museum is located at Star of India Wharf, on the embarcadero
in downtown San Diego at 1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101.
The telephone number for general inquiries is 619-234-9153 ext. 101.
Additional information can be found at www.sdmaritime.org.

Contacts

Maritime Museum of San Diego
Robyn Gallant, 619-234-9153 ext. 106
rgallant@sdmaritime.org