THE HIGGINS 78' PT BOAT

Like the Elco's, Higgins 78' boats were periodically updated and reconfigured for the missions they were call upon to perform. These boats also took on a gun boat configuration, rather then their traditional torpedo role, because of the nature of wartime tactics in the Pacific. Many PT boats were given the tasks of harassing and controlling the enemy left behind on islands that were skipped over by the advancing allied forces. The PT boats became "Barge Busters" with their relentless attacks on enemy barges and boats used to supply and ferry the enemy from island to island. They were also called upon to support troop landings and rescues.

Higgins boats played a large roll in the Mediterranean Sea area combating enemy shipping. Including duels with German E-boats or S-Boats (Schnellbooten) and heavily armored and armed barges known as F-lighters.

PT-78, one of the first series of Higgins 78' boats, saw action in the Aleutians then later in the Southwest Pacific - 78'

PT-211 Tied up in Bastia Harbor, Corsica in the Mediterranean

PT-631, a second generation Higgins boat, originally commissioned for Squadron 43, but decommissioned for transfer to the USSR

 The Higgins 78 Foot PT Boat
Number Built: 200
PT Boat Numbers: 71-94, 197-254, 265-313, 450-485, 564 (Exp.), 625-660*
Service:  146 used by U.S. Navy
7 sent to Britain
46 sent to USSR
1943 Series
Basic
Specifications:
Length 78'-6"
Beam 20'-1"
Draft 5'-3"
Weight 43 Tons
Speed 40 Knots
Engines 3 - 1350 h.p.
Basic Crew: 2 Officers, 9 Enlisted Men
1945 Series
Basic
Specifications:
Length 78'-6"
Beam 20'-1"
Draft 5'-3"
Weight 48 Tons
Speed 40 Knots
Engines 3 - 1500 h.p.
Basic Crew: 3 Officers, 14 Enlisted Men
* Higgins 78' boats, 657-660 cancelled - war ended.


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