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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Jig - Sugar - Item

78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 14 April 1943 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 11 June 1943
  • Completed 27 January 1944, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWENTY TWO (MTBRon 22), under the command of LCDR Richard J. Dressling, USN
  • MTBRon 22 was assigned to the Mediterranean, based at Bastia, Corsica, and St. Tropez, France, and had action along the northwest coast of Italy and southern coast of France, operating under the British
    Coastal Forces. After the end of the Mediterranean campaign in April 1945, the squadron was shipped back to the United States for reconditioning and reassignment to the Pacific, but the war ended while the squadron was still in New York
  • The "Alcyone", ex-"Virginia Doll", ex-"Shit Buster" was placed out of service 15 November 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register 28 November 1945
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration 12 March 1948 and sold to Carl H. Deal of Whitestone, Queens, NY and named Pe-Lu
  • Operated in 1949 under the Venezuelan flag
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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-218, 308 & 310 653k 6 October 1944
    On the Island of Elba, Italy in the Tuscan Archipelago
    PT-218, PT-310 and PT-308 inboard of two unidentified PT boats
    Photograph by Carl Mydans. TimeLife. TimeLife image 116717902
    David Upton

    Boat Captains
    01LTJG Robert Wallace, USNRDecember 1944
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-310
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