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Sunk 11 February 1944

78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 28 November 1942 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 11 April 1943
  • Completed 28 June 1943, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWENTY THREE (PTRon 23) under the command of LCDR Ronald K. Irving, USN
  • PTRon 23, assigned to the South Pacific, had action at Bougainville and Green
  • Sunk in a collision with PT-282 off Bougainville, Solomon Islands 12 February 1944.


  • 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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