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It keeps them away from the main base, where they are free to carry out their antics and even fight the war.
The entire show is based on only two locations, one in the South Pacific at a fictional base called Taratupa - the inferred location (first episode) are islands south of New Zealand and an equally fictional town in Italy called Voltafiore.The first few episodes merely indicate it is "somewhere in the South Pacific 1943".While in the South Pacific, Mc Hale's crew lives on "Mc Hale's Island", which is described as across the bay from Taratupa.Lieutenant Commander Quinton Mc Hale (Ernest Borgnine) — A principal character of the series, he is also a former captain of a tramp steamer who is familiar with the South Pacific and is especially knowledgeable about the islands and natives around Taratupa, which often helps him in combat situations and makes him a favorite with the admirals (Borgnine actually served in the U. Also like his crew, Mc Hale likes to wear Hawaiian-style clothing when off duty and to use the PT-73 to go deep-sea fishing and water skiing (as Gruber says in the 1964 movie, "That's no officer, that's our skipper").Gruff but lovable, he often calls his crew "schlockmeisters" and goofballs. Although he very often bellows at them and tries to put his foot down, he loves his crew too much to be all that hard on them.