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Call sign:
Nan - Queen - Item - William

78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 16 February 1945 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 2 April 1945
  • Completed 21 July 1945
  • Scheduled for transfer to the Soviet Union but canceled prior to cessation of hostilities
  • Struck from the Navy Register 28 November 1945
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration 14 November 1946 and sold
  • Converted to a charter fishing boat
  • Owned by William Wilkerson of San Diego, CA, operating out of H & M Landing, San Diego and named Malihini.


  • 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 4,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PT-657 59k
    PT-657 15k Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-657 176k Capt Bill Wilkerson
    Photo added 3 May 2021

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