As the 80-feet long, 43-ton Motor Torpedo Boat PT 305 began rolling out of the World War II Museum's Restoration Pavilion, it was emotional for volunteers who spent years restoring her.
"She looks beautiful," said Project Manager George Benedetto. "She'll be cutting the waves in Lake Pontchartrain just like she did for delivery in 1943."
It took just minutes for experts to carefully guide PT 305 out onto the street. She's heading to Lake Pontchartrain, where she was launched in 1943 at Higgins Industries, then sunk two enemy ships in the Mediterranean.
"(Andrew Higgins) would be incredibly proud of it," said historian and volunteer Jerry Strahan. "It was designed and built by Higgins. We used his original plans to restore her."
Once again they gave her the name Sudden Jerk from World War II.
"We found out that the first commanding officer of the boat was a jerk, and that's what the crew named the boat," said Project Manager Bruce Harris.
Donations from volunteers from all over, including Eyewitness News viewers, made the restoration possible. Even the moving crew became a donor.
"It's awesome, it's awesome, it's something that will live on from generation to generation," said Brett Berard with Berard Transport."
After launching in Lake Pontchartrain and Coast Guard testing, next April you can ride PT 305.
"There are a number of ammunition lockers that originally were on board, and we've rebuilt them to plan, but have made them when you open the lid up, there's a tufted seat with a tufted back," Harris said.
They can carry 18 passengers at a time. Tickets cost $350. They are already on sale for the ride of a lifetime at 25 knots.
"The boat will get up to speed, and be quite exciting," Harris said with a big grin.
Saturday morning beginning around 7 a.m. PT 305 will be towed on a slow journey from the Museum down Convention Center Boulevard to the river, where she will be strapped onto a barge, and taken through the Industrial Canal for the launch, testing and sea trials.