From: De Eye-lands, Mon
IIRC (but I do have senior moments), the genesis of the 'Higgins boat' (the LVP not the LCVP) was from his designs for fast, beachable craft for the smuggling trade in the Gulf coast/bayou regions. A very interesting man. My kind of fellow. And, oh yeah, he did different designs for the cops and the 'leggers'. A lot like the car people in the mountains back then, tweakin a car one way to run 'shine' and another way for the 'locals' trying to catch them.
He didn't invent the PT or the LCVP, but both owe a lot to his particular blend of innovative genius and je ne sais quoi.
Getting technical, his forebody shape, and dynamic lateral resistance shapes and strakes, were indeed used by all manufacturers of PT boats. He was a supremely competent practical Naval Architect, among his other attributes.
Just IMHO. Ciao. JWE
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