WW II Patrol Torpedo Boat PT 450 Tie Clasp Advertising Higgins Industries New Orleans Louisiana Silver Plated

WW II Patrol Torpedo Boat PT 450 Tie Clasp Advertising Higgins Industries New Orleans Louisiana Silver Plated

$70.00

Description: WW II Patrol Torpedo Boat PT 450 Tie Clasp Advertising Higgins Industries New Orleans Louisiana Silver Plated

Condition: Silver plate scratched and worn. Barrels from front and rear guns missing. Tarnished. Sold as found.

Marks: Front - PT 450, H Back - Higgins, New Orleans

Size: 5/8" H x 2 5/8" W

History for the Preservationist: Higgins Industries was the company owned by Andrew Higgins based in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. Higgins Industries is most famous for the design and production of the Higgins boat, an amphibious landing craft referred to as LCVP (landing craft, vehicles, personnel), which was used extensively in the Allied forces' D-Day Invasion of Normandy. Higgins also manufactured PT boats, and produced the first American airborne lifeboat, the model A-1 lifeboat. The company also had a subsidiary architectural firm that designed manufacturing buildings - most famously the Michoud Assembly Facility.

Andrew Higgins also owned the New Orleans-based Higgins Lumber and Export Co., and Higgins Aircraft, which contracted to provide aircraft for the US military during World War II.

PT 450
78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:
Laid down 13 May 1943 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
Launched 18 July 1943
Completed 3 February 1944
Call Sign: NDZU
Placed in service 15 February 1944 and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron THIRTY (MTBRon 30) under the command of Lt. Comdr. Robert L. Searles, USNR
MTBRon 30 had action in the English Channel area during the period June 1944 to June 1945. It was then returned to the United States for reconditioning and reassignment to the Pacific, but
the war ended while the squadron was still in New York
Transferred 23 March 1944 to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron FOUR (MTBRon 4) under the command of LT Charles E. Tilden, USNR
MTBRon 4 was the training squadron, based at the MTB Squadrons Training Center, Melville, R.I. It was the largest squadron, having a peak of 28 boats in service at one time. When the training center
was decommissioned early in 1946, MTBRon 4 was assigned to the Operational Development Force, and based at Solomons, MD
Placed out of service 1 February 1946
Struck from the Naval Register 25 February 1946
Transferred to the War Shipping Administration 25 June 1948
Fate unknown.
Specifications:

Displacement 56 t.
Length 78'
Beam 20' 8"
Draft 5' 3"
Speed 41 kts.
Complement 17
Armament: Two 21" torpedoes, two twin .50 cal. machine guns, and one 20mm mount
Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.

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