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This USS Tucumcari (PGH-2) cast brass Ship Plaque came off of a wooden plaque and is in great condition. The brass plaque measures 6" x 6" and weighs 3 lbs 4 oz. The brass has on tarnish spot on the top but I wanted to keep the patina in tacked (see pictures) otherwise in excellent condition.

Ship history:
The Tucumcari (PGH-2) was a Boeing-built hydrofoil. Named after Tucumcari, New Mexico, it was the basis for the technology used in the subsequent Pegasus-class patrol boats and the Jetfoil ferries. Its unique feature was a waterjet propulsion and a computer-controlled fully submerged foil configuration of one foil at the bow and foils on the port and starboard sides. The Tucumcari was one of two prototype boats contracted by the Navy for the purpose of evaluating the latest hydrofoil technology.

The assembly and outfitting of Tucumcari began on 1 September 1966 at the Advanced Marine Systems Division of the Boeing Aerospace Group. 'Tucumcari' was launched on 15 July 1967, and delivered to the Navy on 8 March 1968. The new gunboat arrived at the Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado, California, her home port, in July 1968. After a year of operating out of Coronado, Tucumcari was deployed to Vietnamese waters. She spent most of her six months in the combat zone assigned to Operation Market Time, the coastal patrol established to stop the flow from North Vietnam of Communist arms and infiltrators.

Tucumcari returned to San Diego in March, 1970 and operated off the west coast until transferred to the Atlantic Fleet in August. After operating off the east coast into 1971, Tucumcari was slated to deploy to northern Europe and to the Mediterranean to demonstrate the capability of hydrofoil propulsion for other NATO nations. It was hoped that the demonstration would stimulate the development and production of a NATO guided missile hydrofoil.

On 22 March 1971, Tucumcari was deck-loaded "piggyback" on board the USS Wood County (LST-1178), secured in a specially-constructed cradle on the main deck, at Little Creek, Virginia in preparation for a tour to promote the Navy's newest developments in hydrofoil technology. Three days later, the tank landing ship sailed from Little Creek, bound for the first stop on the special demonstration deployment. Arriving in Copenhagen on 5 April, Tucumcari was off-loaded on the 13th and readied for her first tests. While in Danish waters, the patrol craft participated in Exercise "Evil Edge," a joint West German, Danish, and American patrol boat exercise. During "Evil Edge," the gunboat made simulated attacks against West German destroyers.

Back home at Little Creek, Virginia, Tucumcari continued its mission of demonstrating hydrofoil technology. Deployments included coastal surveillance with the U.S. Coast Guard out of Woods Hole, Massachusetts and further V.I.P. demonstrations at Annapolis, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

On 16 November, 1972, Tucumcari suffered a serious accident. While participating in simulated combat operations with other amphibious forces off Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, she unexpectedly ran aground. Hitting a coral reef at 40+ knots, Tucumcari was stopped dead within the length of her hull, forcing the front strut aft and shearing off the port and starboard foils. Several crewmen were injured and two crewmen had to be air lifted by helicopter from the grounded vessel. Fortunately, all the crewmen recovered from their injuries.

The fate of Tucumcari was sealed during salvage operations. While attempting to blast the boat free from the coral reef using explosives, further damage was incurred. The damage was so severe that it was deemed uneconomical to repair. However, Tucumcari had served its purpose. Accordingly, she was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 7 November 1973 and transferred to the Naval Ship and Research Development Center at Annapolis, Maryland. She was subsequently used as a test hulk for structural evaluation and fire containment tests into the mid-1970s. Her final fate is unknown.

Shipping included in the price of the plaque.

Ship Brass Plaque - USS Tucumcari (PGH-2) (1of 2 prototype boats contracted by the Navy)

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Material: Brass
  • Only ships within United States.
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