Grew up in a small town called Agawam and attended public schools there. Attended Connecticut School of Broadcasting and worked for WHYN RADIO. Opened my own business in 1985 called Advanced Cleaning Contractors. I became interested in the PT Boats of WWII at the age of 10, and have continued that passion right up to the present. Opened The Mosquito Fleet Exhibit, a traveling display of hundreds of rare artifacts dealing with the PT Boat Navy. Married to my wife, Stacia for 32 years and have two son's Frank Jr. and Tony. Had my first book published by Nimble Books, called Building the PT Boats, with second book PT Boats behind the Scenes coming out December 31, 2010. Interested in doing a third book on this fascinating subject. I continue doing research for others and helping to educate those who know little about the PT Boat Service and the work they did during the war.
Building the PT Boatsby Frank J. Andruss Sr.
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The complete history of the building of PT boats for the U.S. Navy at the Elco, Higgins, and Huckins plants. One hundred sixty-two full-page illustrations, selected by Frank J. Andruss Sr., curator of the acclaimed Mosquito Fleet Exhibit, give the reader an unparalleled understanding of the construction and operation of U.S. Navy torpedo boats. It's the closest thing to being on board! This book will take its place on the shelf alongside other essential references to U.S. Navy ship types; an essential companion to similar books about battleships, cruisers, and carriers.
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Many books have been written on the topic of PT Boats but most focus primarily on operational and technical aspects of these remarkable craft from World War II. Frank Andruss' book takes a refreshing approach to the topic by using rare, never-before published photographs available nowhere else to document the design and construction of the boats by Elco, Higgins and Huckins. The book features several hundred photographs which are overall of excellent quality. Illustrated is the construction of the PT Boats by the three manufacturers as well as a glimpse into life for the workers at the factories which churned out the Mosquito Boats. The Elco section is the most thorough and shows the various models of PT Boats being built as well as views of the Bayonne, New Jersey plant. The text is brief but very informative, demonstrating the author's expertise on the subject. Frank Andruss lets the pictures do most of the talking and the approach of short but detailed captions is effective. The depth of research is impressive and it is clear from the book why his Mosquito Fleet Exhibit is held in such high regard. As a PT Boat buff I recommend this book highly - I only wish the author could have sandwiched in even more photographs. Overall, this book is outstanding and will be enjoyed by anyone interested in wooden boats in general and PT Boats in particular.
I have a several books on PT Boats of WWII. This is the first book that details the building of these boats thru story and illustrations. This book will help preserve the history of PT boats built by ELCO and Higgins during WWII. Recommend for all PT boat enthusiast. History would be lost forever, thanks to the dedication of Frank Andruss. Whose knowledge of building PT boats is second to none.
Just a wonderful look into history of the pt boats and how they were built. A must read for any ww2 fan. The pictures were never before seen. Mr. Andruss is a true historian and crafted a fine book to read and add to the collection.
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