Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.

NavSource Online:
Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Courtesy of Tommy Trampp

PT-219


78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 7 September 1942 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 16 January 1943
  • Completed 4 March 1943, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron SIXTEEN (MTBRon 16) under the command of Lt. Comdr. Russell H. Smith, USN
  • MTBRon 16 participated in the Aleutian campaign from August 1943 to May 1944
  • Grounded in a storm 14 September 1943 at Attu, AK
  • Scrapped 20 September 1943.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 78'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5' 3"
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: Four 21" torpedoes, two twin .50 cal. machine guns and two 20mm mounts
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
    Click on thumbnail
    for full size image
    Size Image Description Source
    PT-219 340k 31 July 1943
    Naval Air Station Kodiak, AK
    U.S. Navy photo KODK 3673
    Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-219 127k c. 1943
    PT-219, at speed, approaching an unidentified PT boat. Both boats are on patrol in the Aleutian Islands
    Photo from Life Magazine Archives, Dimitri Kessel photographer, shared by Peter DeForest
    Mike Green
    PT-219 83k c. 1943
    PT-219 off the port quarter of an unidentified PT boat patrol companion. Both boats are on patrol in the Aleutian Islands
    Photo from Life Magazine Archives, Dimitri Kessel photographer, shared by Peter DeForest
    PT-219 180k c. 1943
    Forward side view of PT-219 on patrol, as seen from an unidentified patrol companion. Both boats are on patrol in the Aleutian Islands
    Photo from Life Magazine Archives, Dimitri Kessel photographer, shared by Peter DeForest
    PT-219 142k c. 1943
    Bow view of PT-219, immediately astern of an unidentified patrol companion. Both boats are on patrol in the Aleutian Islands
    Photo from Life Magazine Archives, Dimitri Kessel photographer, shared by Peter DeForest
    PT-219 127k c. 1943
    PT-219 riding the wake and beginning to pass on the port side of an unidentified PT boat while on patrol. Both boats are on patrol in the Aleutian Islands
    Photo from Life Magazine Archives, Dimitri Kessel photographer, shared by Peter DeForest

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-219
    Back To The Main Photo Index Back to the Patrol Craft/Gunboat/Submarine Chaser Index Back to the Motor Torpedo Boat (PT) Photo Index

    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster

    This page created and maintained by Joseph M. Radigan
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History