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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - King - Queen - Jig

78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 1 May 1943 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 1 July 1943
  • Completed 31 January 1944, placed in service under the command of LT Larry Noble, USN, was placed in service with Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWENTY TWO (MTBRon 22) under the command
    of LCDR Richard J. Dressling, USN
  • Transported to Oran, Algeria on board LST-525
  • MTBRon 22, 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
  • PT-304, PT-308 and PT-313 engaged German flak lighters 9 March 1945 off Point Mesco, Italy, claiming one sunk, one hit and one possibly hit. PT-304 was damaged by shrapnel during the attack.
    During retirement, PT-308 is damaged when she is accidentally rammed by PT-304
  • 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
  • Struck from the Naval Register 28 November 1945
  • The "Sea Wolf", ex-"Wanderer"was transferred to the War Shipping Administration 19 July 1948 and sold
  • 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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    Size Image Description Source
    PT-313 88k Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-313 78k

    Boat Captains
    01LT William B. Borsdorff, USNR - Awarded the Silver Star (1945)January 1945
    02LTJG Erling Gamborg, USNRApril 1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-313
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