MORRO BAY — Just in time for July 4th celebrations, the Morro Bay Maritime Museum brings a World War II Army Crash Rescue Boat to the harbor for display and tours. The Maritime Museum became involved in this effort after being asked by Tourism Director, Jennifer Little to see about having a military vessel in the harbor for July 4. Larry Newland, Operations Manager for the museum arranged with the owner of this unusual vessel to bring it to Morro Bay and they sailed it north from Long Beach on June 17.
Army Crash Rescue Boats did service during the war rescuing downed aviators and others who found themselves in jeopardy in the sea. These were not vessels that took part in armed conflict.
The P-520 will be berthed at the Harbor Hut head dock that is the only space large enough to accommodate the ship. Newman expressed thanks to Eric Endersby and the Harbor Department along with Bob Fowler, the Harbor Hut and Endeavor Sportfishing (Troy and Brad League) for helping to make this happen. “The Maritime Museum could not be offering this important cultural and historic attraction to the community without their flexibility and enthusiasm,” Newland said.
Tours of the vessel will begin on July 3 and continue through the summer concluding with the Morro Bay Harbor Festival on Oct. 6-7. These will be guided tours above and below decks and only six to 12 people will tour at a time. Pricing was being decided at press time with suggested admission in the $5 to $7 range with a break for small children. Tickets will be sold only at the Maritime Museum across the street from the boat at 1210 Embarcadero. Cash or credit cards will be accepted. Parking for tours should be at the parking lot behind the museum.