PT-459 History

The Mahogany Menace
A member of the historical “Mosquito Fleet” of WWII
78′ Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 19 August 1943 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 12 October 1943
  • Completed 23 March 1944, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron THIRTY (PTRon 30) under the command of Lt. Comdr. Robert L. Searles, USNR
  • PTRon 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
  • The “Mahogany Menace” was placed out of service 15 November 1945
  • Sold 18 June 1948
  • Cut down to 65 feet and eventually became the Beachcomber IV, a Fire Island ferry.

Specifications:

  • 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 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.

From NavSource Online