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Call sign:
Nan - King - Easy - How

78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 30 March 1943 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 27 May 1943
  • Completed 8 December 1943
  • Placed in service 22 December 1943 and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWENTY TWO (MTBRon 22) under the command of Lt. Cmdr. Richard J. Dressling, USN
  • MTBRon 22 was assigned to the Mediterranean Theater of Operations and based at Bastia, Corsica, until moving to St. Tropez, France
  • At the end of hostilities in Europe, MTBRon 22 was shipped back to the United States for reconditioning and assignment to the Pacific. However, Japan surrendered while the boats were still in New York
    City, and the Squadron was placed out of service on 15 November 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register 28 November 1945
  • The "Sudden Jerk", ex-"Higgins Mortuary", ex-"Half Hitch", ex-"Bar Fly" was transferred to the War Shipping Administration 18 June 1948
  • Sold in 1948 to Frank Reis of Provincetown, MA and named Scalloping I
  • Sold in 1951 to Scalloping, Inc. of New York
  • Sold in 1952 to William Luhrssen and Vincent McGuire of Brooklyn, NY
  • Sold in 1953 to Thomas Bogan of Brielle, NJ, for use as a fishing boat and renamed Jersey
  • Resold in 1953 to MiJo, Inc. of Brielle
  • Sold in 1963 to Bill Egerter of Point Pleasant Beach, NJ and renamed Dauntless
  • Sold in 1964 to Michael Joseph Burns of Point Pleasant, NJ and renamed Man O' War
  • Sold in 1973 to James Nisbet of Hilton Head Island, SC and renamed Vagabond
  • Sold in 1979 for $73,875 to S & M, Inc., dba Vagabond Cruises, Inc. of Fort Myers, FL
  • Sold in 1984 to Capt. David Jones' Point Lookout Cruise Corp. of Point Lookout, VA
  • Sold in 1988 to Howard R. and David W. Crow of Tilghman Island, MD and renamed Crow Brothers
  • Transferred title 1 March 2001 to the Defenders of America Naval Museum, Inc. of Kemah, TX and renamed PT-305
  • Out of documentation in 2005
  • Has been completely restored at the National World War II Museum, New Orleans, LA using 17,000 volunteer man hours. She has been launched and all three of her engines have been run. She will be
    operated by the museum in spring 2017 on Lake Ponchartrain.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 78'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5' 3"
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, four Mk 13 torpedoes, two twin and two single .50 cal. machine guns, one 60mm mortar and two 20mm mounts
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-305 73k Mr. Morris, XO and Mr. Purdy, CO Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-305 59k Mr. Purdy, Mr. Morris and crew
    PT-305 72k LTJG [Richard A.] Hamilton, [USNR] and ENS Morris
    PT-305 121k Starboard .50 cal. mount
    PT-305 75 Taking chow amidships. A retrofitted .50 cal. Browning machine gun is to port on a pipe-stem mount
    U.S. Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    PT-305 133k In dry dock Bob Wade
    F/V Jersey
    PT-305 1201k c. 1954
    Jersey leaving Brielle, NJ. When this picture was taken, Captain Thomas Bogan was at the helm
    Photo from Mel's Place courtesy of Captain Dave Bogan, Sr.
    Robert Hurst
    F/V Man O' War
    PT-305 418k c. 1966
    Manasquan Inlet, Manasquan, NJ
    Returning from a fishing trip
    Photo from Mel's Place
    Mel Deak
    PT-305 164k c. 1974
    Brielle, NJ
    Photo courtesy of Skip Tonks
    Mel's Place
    Crow Brothers
    PT-305 71k Crow Brothers Randy Smith
    PT-305 31k At the Defenders of America Naval Museum, Inc. Randy Smith
    PT-305 110k 19 November 2016
    PT-305, begins its journey through the streets of New Orleans to the Port of New Orleans
    Photo by Jeff Johnston/National World War II Museum
    Ron Reeves
    PT-305 75k 19 November 2016
    PT-305, atop a barge, heads toward Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain
    Photo by Jeff Johnston/National World War II Museum
    PT-305 319k 15 February 2017 Randy Smith
    PT-305 167k 3 March 2017

    Photos from my trip to the WWII Museum October 2017, PT305

    Contributed by Robert Hall

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    Boat Captains
    01LTJG Richard A. Hamilton, USNR - Awarded the Silver Star (1944)April 1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-305
    Additional Resources and Websites of Interest
    PT-305 Restoration Project - National World War II Museum, New Orleans, LA
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