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PT-74



Call sign:
Nan - Able - Easy - Peter

78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 15 December 1941 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 3 August 1942
  • Completed 26 August 1942, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron THIRTEEN (PTRon 13) under the command of Comdr. James B. Denny, USN
  • PTRon 13 participated in the Aleutian campaign from March 1943 to May 1944. Transferred to the Southwest Pacific, the squadron had action at Mios Woendi, Dutch New Guinea; Mindoro, P.I., and Brunei Bay, Borneo. It also
    based for a time at Dreger Harbor, New Guinea, and San Pedro Bay, P.I., but had no action from these bases. As part of Task Unit 70.1.4, Squadron 13 was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation for action at Mindoro from
    December 15 to 19, 1944
  • The "Eager Beaver" was placed out of service, stripped and destroyed by U.S. Forces 23 November 1945 at Samar, Philippines.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 78'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5' 3"
  • Speed 40 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: Four 21" torpedoes, one 40mm mount and two twin .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PT-74 168k 3 August 1942
    Under construction, port quarter view
    Higgins Industries photo.
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    PT-74 130k 12 May 1944
    Womens Bay, Kodiak Island, Alaska
    National Archives photo
    Tracy White

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-74
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