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HMS Northway (F-142)

LSD-11 was transferred to the United Kingdom and named HMS Northway (F-142)
Casa Grande Class Dock Landing Ship:
  • Authorized under the Lend-Lease Act as British Mechanized Artillery Transport BAPM-3
  • Reclassified Landing Ship Dock LSD-11, 1 July 1942
  • Contract awarded for LSD-11 to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA., 10 September 1942
  • LSD-11 was laid down, 24 May 1943, as HMS Cutlass at Newport New Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA.
  • Launched, 18 November 1943
  • LSD-11 never saw active service in the US Navy
  • Transferred to the United Kingdom, 15 February 1944
  • Commissioned in the Royal Navy as HMS Northway (F-142), Temp LCDR A. J. Anderson RNR in command
  • HMS Northway (F-142) loaded in the Solent and departed her anchorage, 5/a13, at 0040 hours on the morning of 6 June 1944... arrived JUNO SECTOR at 1755 hours the same day to discharge a cargo of 46 loaded DUKWs. She was part of FORCE J4 sailing in Convoy L1 Follow-up. Departed 1940 hours same day
  • Returned to the US Navy, date unknown
  • Transferred, date unknown, to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Declared surplus by the US Navy, 28 March 1947
  • Merchant Service
    Sold, 19 March 1948, to Atlas Medals Corp. for operation
    Resold, date unknown, to the West India Fruit and Steamship Co., renamed SS City of Havana, reflagged Liberia
    Resold to the Federal Republic of Germany for conversion for Naval Service,
    Resold to unknown owners, converted to a roll on-roll off ship, renamed SS Celtic Ferry
    Final Disposition, scrapped in 1975

    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 Newport News Shipbuilding steam turbines
    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 Northway (F-142)
    Northway 146k Northway (F-142) under construction at Newport News Shipbuilding in May of 1943.
    US Navy photo now in the 80-G collection at NARA College Park.
    Tracy White
    Northway 156k HMS Northway (F-142) loading trucks from an LCT, date and location unknown. Karen Hyams for her father-in-law AB Maurice Hyams HMS Northway
    Northway 127k HMS Northway (F-142) with her well deck flooded down, date and location unknown. Karen Hyams for her father-in-law AB Maurice Hyams HMS Northway
    Northway 67k HMS Northway (F-142) arrives in the British Mulberry Harbor, at Arromanches, Normandy, date unknown.
    Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official Collection by Pelman, L. (Lt), Photo No. IWM (A 24357)
    Mike Green
    Federal Republic of Germany
    Northway 115k Ex-HMS Northway (F-142) in West German naval service as the accommodation ship Wohnschiff (WS-1) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Wohnschiff was sold to West German by West India Fruit and Steamship Co. in 1962.
    Photo courtesy of Stefan Terzibaschitsch.
    Robert Hurst
    Merchant Service
    Northway 155k SS City of Havana 1956 brochure. Pierre Boucley
    Northway 192k SS City of Havana in her slip at Havana while waiting to take Americans to Key West, 4 January 1959. Pierre Boucley
    Northway 678k SS City of Havana unloads automobiles at Stock Island after arriving from Havana.
    Photo courtesy Getty Images.
    Pierre Boucley
    Northway 398k Ex-HMS Northway (F-142) in merchant service as the car and passenger ferry SS City of Havana. City of Havana provided service between Key West Florida and Havana, Cuba from 1956 to October 1960.  
    Northway 24k
    Northway 75k
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    Northway 119k
    Northway 61k
    Northway 79k
    Northway 452k
    Northway 31k
    Northway 640k SS City of Havana Key West, Florida for Havana, Cuba - Color photo by Robert F. Wasman, date unknown Pierre Boucley
    Northway 445k SS City of Havana departing Havana Cuba for Key West, Florida, date unknown. Photo courtesy Getty Images. Pierre Boucley
    Northway 268k SS City of Havana moored pierside at Stock Island, FL., circa 1960.
    Monroe County Library Collection. Image from Flickr courtesy of Florida Keys Public Libraries photo # MM00009133.
    Robert Hurst
    85k Ex-HMS Northway (F-142) in merchant service as the car and passenger ferry SS Celtic Ferry moord pierside at 35/37 berths Tilbury Docks, Essex, England, date unknown. Caption thanks to Raymond Gamble
    Northway 98k Car and passenger ferry SS Celtic Ferry underway, date and location unknown.  
    706k Aerial view of SS Celtic Ferry, moored middle/bottom at ASN/Transport Ferry Service berth, Felixstowe, Suffolk, England.
    Photographer unknown
    Raymond Gamble
    244k Trawler Essen (BX 653) and the burned out hulk of SS Celtic Ferry at a scrap yard in Hamburg in 1974.
    Photo by Wolfgang Fricke
    Robert Hurst

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