PTF-26 boat, Vietnam Era, Golconda, Pope County, Illinois, home port, Lusk Creek

PTF-26 Vietnam Era Boat

Preserving an historic Vietnam PT War Boat to inspire and train America's future mariners.
Coming to Golconda, Pope County, Illinois
Summer 2024 
Latest News: 
Sunday, May 19, 2024 - PTF-26 is now crewed up, underway from Snook Bight Marina and northbound. Destination is Mobile, AL where PTF-26 will be on public display at the GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico until June 16.
The Maritime Pastoral Training Foundation, Ltd. was founded as a
non-profit charity in February 2018.  March 27, 2020, MPTF
purchased Sacramento's Vietnam War gunboat, PTF-26,
intending to build on its impressive 20 year record as operational
museum ship and Sea Scout training vessel with an
award-winning all-female crew.  
In summer 2024 PTF-26 will be relocating to Golconda, Illinois
to provide shipboard experiences for youth in the Heartland
previously unavailable.  PTF-26 will also be the first historic
naval ship museum in Southern Illinois. Crewed on most weekends
by NJROTC cadets, Sea Cadets and Sea Scouts in the region,
PTF-26 will also serve as an all-weather maritime
Incident Command Post (ICP) for the USCG Paducah Area Maritime
Security Committee in response to natural disasters,
homeland security incidents, vessel groundings or sinking, etc.