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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive

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78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 15 October 1942 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 21 November 1942
  • Completed 30 April 1943 and placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron NINETEEN (MTBRon 19) under the command of LCDR Russell H. Smith, USN
  • MTBRon 19, assigned to the South Pacific, had action at Vella Lavella, Treasury, and Green. The squadron was decommissioned and its boats were distributed to replenish other squadrons which had suffered operational losses
  • Destroyed by fire 14 December 1943 after fire broke out in the gasoline dump at Lambu Lambu Cove, Vella Lavella, Solomon Islands and "Dry Dock Annie" burned at the dock.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 78'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5' 3"
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, two 21" torpedoes, two twin .50 cal. machine guns, one 37mm mount and one 20mm mount
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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