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PT-303



Call sign:
Nan - King - Dog - Yoke

78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 23 March 1943 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 19 May 1943
  • Completed 9 November 1943
  • Placed in service 29 November 1943 and assigned to Motor Torpedo Squadron TWENTY TWO (PTRon 22) under the command of LCDR Richard J. Dressling, USN
  • PTRon 22 was assigned to the Mediterranean Theater of Operations and based at Bastia, Corsica, until moving to St. Tropez, France. At the end of hostilities in Europe, the Squadron was shipped back to the United States for
    reconditioning and assignment to the Pacific. However, Japan surrendered while the boats were still in New York
  • "Hogan's Goat" was placed out of service 15 November 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register 28 November 1945
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in July 1948
  • Sold in 1957 to Anthony V. King of Lanham, MD and named Hogans Goat
  • Sold in 1965 to Sea Dragon Partnership of Corpus Christi, TX and renamed Sea Dragon
  • Sold in 1969 to Alsandy, Inc. of Miami Beach, FL and renamed Camelot
  • Sold in 1975 to George R. Pina of Miami, FL
  • In service into 1981
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 78'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5' 3"
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, four Mk 13 torpedoes, two twin and two single .50 cal. machine guns, one 60mm mortar and two 20mm mounts
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PT-303
    PT-303 58k 29 February 1944
    Gulf Juan, France
    From the collection of Motor Machinist Mate Sam Spiro Pavlos
    Debbie Pavlos
    PT-303 97k c. March 1945
    Mesco, Italy
    Damaged from a collision with PT-305
    Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-303 222k 18 March 1945
    Mesco, Italy
    Damaged from a collision with PT-305
    From the collection of Motor Machinist Mate Sam Spiro Pavlos
    Debbie Pavlos
    Hogans Goat
    PT-303 188k Undated post card Margaret Couls
    Grand daughter of Anthony King
    PT-303 254k

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-303
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