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HM LCI(L)-124


LCI(L)-124 was transferred Lend-Lease 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)-124 never saw service with the US Navy
  • Lend lease to the United Kingdom, 18 January 1943
    British actor Sir Alec Guinness' autobiography says "......in mid January 1943, he left New York for Quincy to take
    delivery of LCI(L) 124. Also that it took part in the invasion of Sicily. On the last day of 1943 124 was ordered to
    sail for the Yugoslav island of Vis, while on route was caught in a Hurricane and wrecked on rocks trying to enter the
    small Italian port of Termoli. All crew survived...."
  • Lost while on lease to the Royal Navy, in 1944
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date 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)-124 112k HM LCI(L)-124 and HM LCT-382 and an unidentified LCT, at dawn, just offshore on the opening day of the invasion of Sicily, 9 July 943. Semaphore landing instructions are being signaled to the waiting landing craft.
    Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official Collection by Pelman, L. (Lt), Photo No. IWM(A 17921)
    Mike Green
    LCI(L)-124 83k HM LCI(L)-124 and HM LCT-382 stand off the beach as prisoners of war are marched to awaiting ships at dawn on the opening day of the invasion of Sicily, 9 July 1943.
    Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official Collection by Parnall C. H. (Lt), Photo No. IWM(A 17913)
    Robert Hurst
    LCI(L)-124 272k HM LCI(L)-124 crew photo, date and location unknown. James Lees top row far left end. Sir Alec Guinness middle row, third from left and 'Slim' Summerfield seated cross legged front row extreme right. HMC LCI(L)-264 is moored alongside HM LCI(L)-124 in the background. Ian Tait for his grandfather James Lees HM LCI(L)-124
    LCI(L)-124 229k HM LCI(L)-124 footballers, date and location unknown. Ian Tait for his grandfather James Lees HM LCI(L)-124

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