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PT-451



Call sign:
Nan - Dog - Zebra - William

78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 24 May 1943 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 25 July 1943
  • Completed 15 February 1944, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron THIRTY (MTBRon 30) under the command of Lt. Comdr. Robert L. Searles, USNR
  • MTBRon 30 had action in the English Channel area during the period June 1944 to June 1945. It was then returned to the United States for reconditioning and reassignment to the Pacific, but the war
    ended while the squadron was still in New York
  • Transferred 23 March 1944 to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron FOUR (MTBRon 4) under the command of LT Charles E. Tilden, USNR
  • MTBRon 4 was the training squadron, based at the MTB Squadrons Training Center, Melville, R.I. It was the largest squadron, having a peak of 28 boats in service at one time. When the training center
    was decommissioned early in 1946, MTBRon 4 was assigned to the Operational Development Force, and based at Solomons, MD
  • Placed out of service 1 February 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register 25 February 1946
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration 31 March 1948, sold for use as a fishing boat and named Mary K
  • Subsequently renamed Sea Pigeon III, Sea Fox, Marie-S Too, Yank and Genadier
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • 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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    Size Image Description Source
    PT-451 199k c. 1960
    Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
    Photo courtesy of Skip Tonks
    Mel's Place

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