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Sunk 22 February 1944

78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 29 June 1942 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 16 September 1942
  • Completed 23 January 1943, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron FOUR (MTBRon 4) under the command of Lt. Comdr. William C. Specht, USN
  • 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
  • Sunk 22 February 1944 in a collision with an unknown object off Newport, Rhode Island in position 4123'N, 7101'W.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 78'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5' 3"
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 20mm mount, four 21" torpedoes, two twin .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-200 239k c. January 1943
    The mast has been folded down, and the fixed torpedo tubes show Higgins compressed-air bottles for impulse launching. The bridge, closer to the bow than in an Elco, is flanked symmetrically by two twin .50 cal. machine guns which block the view. The small, streamlined object atop the forward superstructure is a siren
    Photo from U.S. Small Combatants: An Illustrated Design History, by Norman Friedman
    Robert Hurst
    PT-200 277k 26 January 1943
    As completed and put into service
    Photo from Higgins Industries Incorporated, New Orleans, Louisiana
    Mike Green
    PT-200 355k

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