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HMS Highway (F-140)
Claymore (BAPM-2 / LSD-10) (1942 - 1943)

LSD-10 was transferred to the United Kingdom and named HMS Highway (F-140)
Casa Grande Class Dock Landing Ship:
  • Authorized under the Lend-Lease Act as British Mechanized Artillery Transport BAPM-2
  • Reclassified Landing Ship Dock LSD-10, 1 July 1942
  • Contract awarded for LSD-10 to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA., 10 September 1942
  • LSD-10 was laid down, 23 November 1942, as HMS Claymore at Newport New Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA.
  • Launched, 19 July 1943
  • LSD-10 never saw active service in the US Navy
  • Transferred to the United Kingdom, 19 October 1943, under the Lend Lease Program
  • Commissioned in the Royal Navy as HMS Highway (F-140)
  • Returned to US custody, 23 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 13 December 1946
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Sold to Atlas Metal Corp, 19 March 1948, for operation
  • Merchant Service
    Resold, to Suwannee Steamship Co., Jacksonville, FL, 4 September 1951, reflagged Honduran
    Resold, by West India Fruit & steamship Co., date unknown, renamed SS Antonio Maceo
    Sold, 18 April 1956 by West India Fruit & Steamship Co. to National Container Corp. (subsidiary of Owens-Illinois Glass Corp.) to -Illinois Glass Corp.) to haul wood pulp between Jacksonville and the Bahamas.
    Sold, 20 November 1956, by Owens-Illinois to TMT Trailer Ferry, renamed SS Abaco Queen
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence, 7 April 1944)
    Displacement 4,032 (light draft), 7,930 (seagoing - loaded)
    Length 457' 9" o.a.
    Beam 72"
    8' 2 ½" fwd, 10' ½" aft (light draft)
    15' 5 ½" fwd, 16' 2" aft (seagoing loaded)
    Speed 17 kts (design speed)
    Endurance 8,000 miles @ 15 knots
    Officers 17
    Enlisted 237
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 22
    Enlisted 218
    Well Deck Capacity (varies with mission)
    three LCT (Mk V or VI) each w/ 5 medium tanks or
    two LCT (Mk III or IV) each w/ 12 medium tanks or
    fourteen LCM (Mk III) each w/ 1 medium tank or 1, 500 long tons cargo or
    forty-seven DUKW or
    forty-one LVT or
    Any combination of landing vehicles and landing craft up to capacity
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose mount in open tub
    sixteen single 20mm AA gun mounts (local control)
    (note: above armament was outfitted prior to transfer)
    four two-Pound Pom-Pom (barrel count per mount - unknown)
    (note: above armament was outfitted after transfer)
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 11,720 Bbls
    Diesel 160 Bbls
    Gasoline 5,085 Gals
    two Skinner Uniflow 5-cylinder reciprocating steam engines
    two Babcock and Wilcox oil fired D-type boilers, two drum, single furnace, single uptake, 250psi
    Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 150Kw 120V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    twin propellers, 7,400shp

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    HMS Highway (F-140)
    Claymore 76k Claymore at anchor prior to being turned over the Royal Navy for commissioning as HMS Highway (F-140), circa October 1943.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, December 1944 issue.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    LSD-10 37k HMS Highway (F-140) at anchor in Hampton Roads, VA., 3 November 1943. The Library of Virginia
    U.S. Army Signal Corps Photographic Collection
    LSD-10 145k HMS Highway (F-140) underway, date and location unknown. Karen Hyams for her father-in-law AB Maurice Hyams HMS Northway
    LSD-10 508k HMS Highway (F-140) at anchor. Note the radar antenna has been brushed out by a censor.
    US Navy photo, file no. 87492 released 27 March 1944.
    David Buell
    LSD-10 144k Overhead view of HMS Highway (F-140) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from 1943/44 Edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships".
    Robert Hurst
    Merchant Service
    Claymore 150k Ex-HMS Highway (F-140) in commercial service as the Suwannee Trainferry Lines SS Antonio Maceo preparing to dock at Slip #1, Port Everglades, FL., circa 1953. Registered in Puerto Cortes, Antonio Maceo is flying the Honduran ensign on her port wingwall staff, while flying the US colors on her mast according to maritime protocol.
    Photo courtesy of State Archives of Florida.
    Don Wagner
    Claymore 207k With her stern gate lowered, SS Antonio Maceo aligns her well deck rails with those of the yard at Port Everglades, FL. to receive a load of sealed "fishy-back" freight cars destined for Havana, Cuba, circa 1953.
    Photo courtesy of State Archives of Florida.
    Don Wagner

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