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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Queen - Jig - How

78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 5 March 1945 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 19 April 1945
  • Completed 2 August 1945 and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron FORTY FIVE but was reassigned later that month for transfer to the Soviet Union
  • Transfer to the Soviet Union was canceled prior to cessation of hostilities
  • Struck from the Naval Register 28 November 1945
  • Reclassified as a Small Boat, C105344, 27 August 1946
  • Reclassified as Bureau of Ships Equipment 22 December 1948
  • Designated a Radio Control Target RCT-14 in 1951
  • Laid up at the National Guard Camp Withycombe, Clackamas County, Oregon in 1959
  • Demolished in May 2008. Spare parts salvaged from her are destined for delivery to the National World War II Museum at New Orleans, LA for use in the restoration of PT-305.


  • 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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    PT-658 550k 7 November 1949
    Naval Air Missile Test Center Point Mugu, CA
    RCT-14; RCT-15, ex-C105345 and RCT-13, ex-C105343 moored at Mare Island. Showing a clear view of RCT radar reflectors and camera installations on RCT-14
    Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-659 130k . Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-659
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