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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Fox - Nan - Baker

78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 6 November 1942 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 8 January 1943
  • Completed 26 May 1943, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWENTY (MTBRon 20) under the command of LCDR Glenn R. Van Ness, USNR
  • MTBRon 20, assigned to the South Pacific, had action at Treasury and Bougainville. Transferred to the Southwest Pacific in December 1944, the squadron saw action off Palawan, P.I. It also based for a
    time at Dreger Harbor, Aitape, and Mios Woendi, New Guinea, and at San Pedro Bay and Mindoro in the Philippines, but had no action from these bases
  • The "Vibratory" was placed out of service, stripped and destroyed 24 November 1945 at Samar, Philippines.


  • 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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    PT-248 101k From the collection of Motor Machinist Mate First Class (MoMM1/c) Arthur Campbell Scott Campbell
    PT-248 85k
    PT-248 62k
    PT-248 77k
    PT-248 197k MoMM1/c Arthur Campbell practicing on the 20mm mount
    From the collection of MoMM1/c Arthur Campbell
    PT-248 244k

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-248
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