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|Tonnage||43 tons standard|
|Dimensions||78' by 19.5' by 5.3'
23.8m by 5.9m by 1.6m
|Maximum speed||41 knots|
|Armament||4 21" torpedo
1 20mm Oerlikon AA gun
2 0.50 machine guns
||3-shaft internal combustion
engine (1200 hp)
A large number were fitted with additional
machine guns and cannon, often after landing their torpedo tubes. The
heaviest effective armament was a single 40mm Bofors AA gun.|
A modest amount of armor protection was applied to some boats.
Higgins produced one of the two main classes of motor torpedo boats, the other manufacturer being Elco. The Higgins PT boats were considered inferior to the Elcos, being less seaworthy and slightly slower in practice.
Video of PT boat reconstruction
"Ships of the U.S. Navy, 1940-1945" (accessed 2012-1-6)
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