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HMC LCI(L)-135
HM LCI(L)-135

LCI(L)-125 was transferred to the United Kingdom for the duration of World War II
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down in 1942-43 at Bethlehem Steel Shipbuilding Corp., Hingham, MA.
  • Launched in 1943
  • LCI(L)-135 never saw active service in the US Navy
  • Delivered under terms of the Lend-Lease Act to the United Kingdom, commissioned HM LCI(L)-135, 4 February 1943
  • Transferred to th Canadian Navy, commissioned HMC LCI(L)-135, 29 January 1944, LT. John D. Kell RCNVR (Temp.) in command
  • During World War II HMC LCI(L)-135 was assigned to the 2nd Canadian LCI Flotilla (Royal Navy Flotilla 262) in the European-Africa Middle East Theater participating in the following campaign:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944 Troops Embarked North Nova Scotia Highlanders of Canada
    Damage Sustained in Landing, Four holes through the bottom from obstacles and port propeller damaged

  • Decommissioned by the Canadian Navy, 2 September 1944 and returned to Royal Navy custody
  • Returned to US Naval custody 14 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
  • Transferred to the State Department for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold, 13 February 1948, fate unknown
    Displacement 236 t.(light), 264 t.(landing), 419 t.(loaded)
    Length 158' 5½"
    Beam 23' 3"
    Light, 3'1½" mean
    Landing, 2' 8" forward, 4' 10" aft
    Loaded, 5' 4" forward, 5' 11" aft
    16 kts (max.)
    14 kts maximum continuous
    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
    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
    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-276 88k HMC LCI(L)-276, HMC LCI(L)-118 and HMC LCI(L)-135 at Southampton, England, loaded with Canadian troops waiting to cross the channel to the Normandy invasion beaches. All of these landing craft were in assigned to the 2nd Canadian LCI Flotilla (Royal Navy Flotilla 262). They were loaded on 4 June 1944, delayed sailing and sailed around noon 5 June 1944. The serial numbers on the front of the bridge refer serials Operation Order No1 of 9th Canadian Brigade 3rd Canadian Division. Serial numbers 1702 and 1703 carried members of the North Nova Scotia Highlanders. 1705 was a mixed loading carrying members of the Highland Light Infantry of Canada, Stormont Dundas Glengarrian Highlanders, the Defence and Employment Platoon of 9 Brigade Headquarters and members of the Canadian Provost Corp. Flotilla 262 was in 'J' Force. Ed Storey
    LCI-135 54k HMC LCI(L)-135, HMC LCI(L)-270 and HMC LCI(L)-262 loading Canadian troops in Great Britain for the trip across the channel to the Normandy invasion beaches
    Photo from H.M.C.S. One photographer's impressions of the Royal Canadian Navy in World War II.
    Ed Storey
    LCI-135 49k HMC LCI(L)-135 underway, date and place unknown. Ed Storey
    LCI-135 60k HMC LCI(L)-135.HMC LCI(L)-270 and an unidentified Canadian LCI(L) about to land Canadian troops from 9 Brigade, 3rd Canadian Division on Nan White Beach west of Bernieres, Normandy, 6 June 1944. Robert Hurst

    The history for LCI(L)-135 was extracted from
    The RCN's Part in the Invasion of France
    , a Royal Canadian Navy History document.
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    The Nauticapedia - The Ships of the Royal Canadian Navy Present Off the Normandy Beaches on June 6/7/1944 (The D-Day Landings)
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