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Pearl Harbor Admiral's Barge – TORCHED?
Photos added on June 3, 2019
 
 
The admiral’s barge for the Commander In Charge Pacific Fleet is the last 63' rescue boat still in U.S. military service and is based at Pearl Harbor. On Sunday, May 19,2019 at 3:00AM (9:00AM EDT) she caught fire. William Cole, reporter for the Honolul Star-Adertiser, interviewed Pacific Fleet spokesman Lt.Cmdr. Tim Gorman who stated that the fire was under control by 6:15AM and that there were no injuries.
 
Early indications are that it may have been arson. Unofficial reports also indicate that security was poor and that all closed-circuit cameras were old and inoperable. Lt. Cmdr. Gorman said the Navy is investigating but that he could not speak to the arson report. For photos of the boat both before and after the fire click here and scroll to the bottom of the page. Click on the photos to enlarge them. Due to the growing number of photos, There is now an album devoted solely to photos of this boat entitled CINCPACFLT, Hawaii
 
 My records  show C-3007 was built by Knutson Shipbuilding in Halesite, NY in 1957 and was one of nine boats built for the Navy. That was the last contract for 63ft. air-sea rescue boats issued by the Navy.  In November, 1957 she was assigned to Naval Air Station Rota, Spain but returned to Norfolk in March, 1960 as excess. She was then stored for five years before being shipped to Hawaii in July, 1965. There she was converted to function as the admiral’s barge.  In 2011, forty some years later, she underwent $142,000 in repairs and upgrades.
 
President Donald Trump, accompanied by First Lady Melania, was the last president  aboard her, using her for transport to the USS Arizona Memorial on November, 3, 2017.
 
Cole further reports that the Pacific Fleet operates the C-3007 for dignitary visits, as well as two smaller boats. Photos after the fire show the admiral's barge with significant superstructure damage with the remaining wood badly charred, but the hull is still afloat. Gorman said the two smaller boats are the deputy commander's barge and a remembrance barge, used frequently for historical tours of Pearl Harbor, tours that are currently canceled.
 
The report states that the Quanset hut type boathouse received some damage but the small attached museum is believed to be undamaged. The extent of the damage to the two smaller boats was not reported, but they were damaged, the Navy said.
 
Let’s hope the boat is repairable and is not scrapped and replaced with a teak trimmed giant Clorox bottle.


Welcome

This is the website dedicated to the men and boats of the U. S. Army Air Force Emergency Rescue Boat Service and the U. S. Air Force Crash Boat Service, especially those who served in World War II and Korea. Whether you call them crash boats, AVRs, ASRs, 63' air-sea rescue boats, or your favoriite is the 85' rescue boat, you're in the right place. While there is a lot of information  on crash boats available on the web, it is far from complete, sources conflict, and it is widely dispersed. The history of the service of the boats cannot be told without telling of the missions and memories of the men who crewed them. You will find many of their memories collected here.
 
While the focus of this site is on Army Air Force and U.S. Air Force air-sea rescue boats, relevant information from U.S. Navy sources is being added, especially information on their 63' boats. There are almost 100 of the 63' Navy boats listed on the "Bulders, Boats, & Dates" pages. I started collecting data because I wanted just a bit more information on my father's service in the Army Air Forces during World War II. When my son was growing up he once said, "Don't ask Dad what time it is; he'll tell you how to build a clock." After looking over this site, you will understand what he meant. 
 
I am especially anxious to locate the following:
  • 104 Ft. Rescue Boat Operator's Manual
  • Logbooks from Crash boats
  • Diaries of men while serving on crash boats
  • Good quality photos of crash boats and their bases
If you are able to loan any of the above, or other relevant material, please use the "CONTACT US" button to the left to extend your offer, or to make corrections to this site. As new information or features are added to this site you will see notice of it here. Please check back from time to time to check for additional information and photos.
 
While the AAF/USAF Crash Boat Association is still active, they no longer maintain a separate website but have chosen to sponsor this site. Due to the extensive contributions from its members of photos, manuals, information, and mission reports, this site has become their semi-official home on the web.
 
 In spite of the many hardships, for many of the men who served on these small boats, it was one of the most outstanding and rewarding periods of their lives. By now, most have passed from this life. I hope this site will keep their memory alive for at least a few years. Please feel free to copy any material on this website for your personal, non-commercial use.
 


Crash Boats for Sale or Donation

Currently I'm aware of two 63 foot crash boats for sale or donation. The boat for donation is on the East Coast and is in need of extensive restoration. The boat is free but restoring it will be expensive and time consuming.
 
The Next Two Boats are Beautiful Restorations
 
P-619, the last 63 ft. crash boat in its original military configuration has just come on the market for $350,000.00 she is located outside Vancouver, B.C. Canada.  To go directly to her album on this website CLICK HERE. To see the listing on Craig's List CLICK HERE
 
P-520, the last 85 ft. crash boat in its original military configuration is available to an accredited museum with the ability to cover delivery costs and future maintenence. . To view photos of the boat, click on the PHOTO & MISSIONS button to the left, then click on the 85 ft. Album and scroll down toward the bottom. To see dditional photos of P-520 CLICK HERE.
 
For contact information on any of these boats, use the "Contact Us" button on the left.