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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Uncle - Xray - Charlie

78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 1 May 1942 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 7 September 1942
  • Completed 11 November 1942
  • Placed in service 28 November 1942 and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron THIRTEEN (MTBRon 13) under the command of Comdr. James B. Denny, USN
  • MTBRon 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, MTBRon 13 was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation for action at Mindoro from December 15 to 19, 1944
  • The "Galloping Ghost", ex-"Boston Bastard", ex-"Cutty Sark" was placed out of service, stripped and destroyed by U.S. Forces 23 November 1945 at Samar, Philippines
  • Struck from the Naval Register 28 November 1945.


  • 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-77, 80  & 82 137k 3 August 1942
    Stern view of PT-77, PT-80 and PT-82 under construction
    Higgins Industries photo
    PT-82, 83, 84 & 85 422k 7 August 1942
    Higgins Industries, New Orleans
    Labor Day celebration launching of PT-82, PT-83, PT-84 and PT-85
    Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-75 209k 21 June 1943
    PT-75, PT-82 and PT-79 nested alongside USS Gillis (AVD 12) in Casco Cove, Massacre Bay, Attu, Aleutian Islands, AK
    National Archives photo 80-G-53505
    Rick Davis and John Chiquoine
    Photo added 18 December 2020

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-82
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