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HM LCH-98
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HM LCI(L)-98 (1942 - 1944)


LCI(L)-98 was transferred to the United Kingdom for the duration of World War II
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, date unknown, at Bethlehem Steel, Hingham, MA.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • LCI(L)-98 never saw active service with the US Navy
  • Delivered to the United Kingdom under terms of the Lend-lease Act, 2 November 1942
  • Commissioned by the Royal Navy, HM LCI(L)-98, 2 November 1942
  • Converted to a Landing Craft Headquarters in early 1944, redesignated HM LCH-98, LT. L.F.Stinton RNVR in command
  • HM LCH-98 participated in the Invasion of Normandy in June 1944 and the Walcheren landings, 1 November 1944
  • Returned to US Naval custody, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 27 February 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold by the Maritime Commission, 16 January 1948, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 236 t.(light), 264 t.(landing), 419 t.(loaded)
    Length 158' 5½"
    Beam 23' 3"
    Draft
    Light, 3'1½" mean
    Landing, 2' 8" forward, 4' 10" aft
    Loaded, 5' 4" forward, 5' 11" aft
    Speed
    16 kts (max.)
    14 kts maximum continuous
    Complement
    4 officers
    24 enlisted
    Troop Capacity
    6 officers
    182 enlisted
    Cargo Capacity 75 tons
    Armor 2" plastic splinter protection on gun turrets, conning tower and pilot house
    Endurance 4,000 miles at 12 kts, loaded, 500 miles at 15 knots; and 110 tons of fuel
    Armament
    five single 20mm guns, one bow mounted, one each port and starboard forward of wheelhouse, one each port and starboard aft of wheelhouse
    on some LCIs two .50 cal machine guns were added
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 860 Bbls
    lube oil 200 gal
    Propulsion
    two sets of 4 General Motors 6051 series 71 Diesel engines, 4 per shaft
    single General Motors Main reduction gears
    two Diesel-drive 30Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    twin variable pitch propellers, 2,320shp

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    LCI(L)-98 81k HM LCH-98 in harbor, date and location unknown.
    Imperial Museum photo from "Warships of World War II", by H.T. Lenton and J.J. Colledge, Ian Allan Ltd., London
    Robert Hurst
    LCI(L)-98 90k HM LCH-98 in harbor date and place unknown.
    Imperial War Museum photo # A24665 from "Royal Navy Handbook, 1939-1945", by David Wragg.
    Robert Hurst
    LCI(L)-98 57k HM LCH-98 under way in harbor, in 1944, location unknown.
    Imperial War Museum photo.
    Robert Hurst

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