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PCF 816 Swift Boat Naval History Bay Tour

Take a High-Speed Bay Tour Aboard a Legendary Swift Boat PCF-816 (Patrol Craft Fast).
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First started Memorial Day 2014, this is a narrated tour describing PCF 816’s role in the U.S., Malta, Viet Nam, Swift Boat sailors, and the above establishments on the Bay.

PCF 816 is a tangible reminder of the service and dedication of so many Swift Boat sailors and allows visitors the opportunity to better understand what they sacrificed. The Swift Boat Sailors Association brought the PCF 816 Swift Boat to the Maritime Museum of San Diego to be restored and operated on San Diego Bay.

Unique to this experience is the retired Swift Boat Sailors and docents who talk about what it was like to be a crewman in Vietnam, serving as a Quartermaster, Gunner’s Mate, Engineman, Radarman, Bosun’s Mate or Skipper.

Museum Marine Operations are resuming this 75-minute Swift Boat narrated tour Memorial Day weekend for only $15.00 per person with general admission ticket purchase at regular price..

Tickets can be purchased online in advance at sdmaritime.org or at the Museum Ticket Booth as a walk up reservation if space is available. On Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, the museum will also offer this exciting, educational experience.

Tour route heads under Coronado Bay Bridge, Naval Base San Diego, and then Naval Amphibious Base. It then heads back by the aircraft carrier basin and Naval Air Station North Island before returning to the Museum, plus a high speed run to feel the unique power of the Swift Boat.

The Maritime Museum of San Diego Museum ship collection includes four vessels of historic distinction on the National Register; PCF 816 Swift Boat, 1914 Pilot boat, the world’s oldest active sailing ship Star of India, and the 1898 steam ferry boat Berkeley – listed as National Historic Landmarks.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

Promotional photo for the PCF 816 Swift Boat Naval Histor...

Above: Promotional photo for the PCF 816 Swift Boat Naval History Bay Tour. Courtesy of Maritime Museum of San Diego

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