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78' Higgins

80' x 20' 8" x 3' 6"

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Justin Taylan 2012

Ship History
Built by Higgins. Commissioned March 23, 1944. Transported to England.

Wartime History
Assigned to MTBS 30. Operated in the English Channel after D-Day patrolling the Mason Line. On June 27, 1944 under the command of Lt(jg) Stewart J. Moulin along with USS Shubrick and three other PT-Boats patrolled off Cherbourg fired on by a shore battery at Cap de la Hague, with shells hitting the sea within 30 yards of this boat.

During the night of February 27-28, 1945, this boat with PT-457 claimed two small landing craft sunk off Cap de la Hague.

This PT Boat returned to the United States. Placed out of service November 15, 1945.

Postwar, sold to a private buyer.

Named "Beachcomber IV" with a blue and red painted hull. Stored at Scarano Shipyard in Albany NY during 2007-2009.

Purchased by Robert Iannucci / Fleet Obsolete and transported aboard a barge and towed by tugboat Cornell to Kingston on April 22, 2009. Today, stored at Fleet Obsolete outdoors on land.

References - PT-459
At Close Quarters PT Boats in the United States Navy pages 358, 365, 475

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Last Updated
August 10, 2019


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