T-Boat Facts

T-Boats

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T-Boats were built out of wood between 1940 to 1951.  There were 110 steel T-boats build from 1951-1953 at Missouri Valley Steel located in Leavenworth, Kansas, National Steel, Shipbuilding Corp., in San Diego, California, and Higgins Co. in Louisiana.  These vessels were to be used for personnel transports, light tow duty,  and limited firefighting.

The Sea Scout Ship Vernon Anderson in 1967, after it sank.

The Vernon Anderson, a wood T-Boat, after it was refloated.

T-449 docked in Alameda.

The stern view of T-449.

The T-Boats of California Maritime Academy

The former Sea Scout Ship Whidby in Washington.

The Gryphon underway in the Delta

The main engines varied with the different shipyards, but included Buda 1878 4 cylinder, Caterpillar D 375, and a straight six Caterpillar.  T-boats also had Hercules fire pumps and DC electrical systems, which have had many different modifications.
Many T-boats were put immediately into mothball once they were completed, since the Korean War ended while they were still under construction.  Others saw military service, some went to Universities, and various other uses. 

Basic Facts:

65' LOA

18.5' Beam

7' Draft