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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - William - Mike - Baker

78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 13 May 1942 as PT-87 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 22 October 1942
  • Completed 13 December 1942
  • Transferred to the Soviet Union 15 February 1943 as RPT-3
  • Sunk 28 February 1943 while en route to Great Britain aboard SS Wade Hampton by the German submarine U-405
  • HMS Vervain (K 190) rescued 41 merchant seamen and 26 Armed Guard.


  • 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 4,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-87 147k 29 October 1942
    Port bow view of PT-87 under construction
    Higgins Industries photo.

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-87
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