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On Thursday, Dec. 14 , 2023, PTF-26 departed from Morro Bay for the last time. Capt. Don Wilborn, master of F/V LINDA J, and USMC veteran, Dave Bernard of Morro Bay, eased the ninety-five foot Vietnam War gunboat past the breakwater and proceeded toward San Diego at an average speed of 8.5 knots. Entering San Diego on Saturday, Dec. 16, PTF-26 tied off at the Maritime Museum of San Diego for an overnight stop and crew change. Relieving Capt. Wilborn and Engr Bernard was CAPT Gary Fischmann
Founder and former executive director of Morro Bay Maritime Museum, Larry Newland, explains the sea trial process as he navigates in the inner harbor. Larry has served as PTF-26's curator since July 2020.