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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Destroyed 5 May 1944

78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 4 November 1942 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 8 January 1943
  • Completed 25 May 1943, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWENTY (PTRon 20) under the command of LCDR Glenn R. Van Ness, USNR
  • PTRon 20, assigned to the South Pacific, had action at Treasury and Bougainville
  • The "Gato Negro" was destroyed by enemy shore batteries 5 May 1944 off the southeastern coast of Bougainville. Caught in the open and moving at low patrol speeds through the dangerous reef-lined waters, the PT-247 was
    struck several times by the artillery fire before her crew could attempt to evade their attackers. With her wooden hull severely damaged and a gasoline fire quickly growing out of control, the crew of PT-247 armed their torpedo
    warheads and abandoned ship. Swimming clear of their stricken vessel, all of her crew were picked up by other PT's before PT-247's torpedoes were detonated by the intense fire onboard, sending her to the bottom.


  • 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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