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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Easy - How - Peter

78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 18 January 1944 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 14 March 1944
  • Completed 16 May 1944, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron THIRTY ONE (PTRon 31) under the command of Lt. John M. Searles, USNR
  • PTRon 31, assigned to Pacific Fleet, had action at Treasury Island in the Solomons during October and November 1944; at Palau, in the Marianas, during the period December 1944 to February 1945, and at Okinawa during the
    period June to August 1945. The squadron also based for a time in San Pedro Bay, in the Philippines, but had no action from this base
  • Placed out of service 17 December 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register 8 January 1946
  • Sold in April 1946
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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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