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LCI(L)-242 was transferred to the Royal Navy under terms of the Lend-Lease Act
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down in 1942 at New Jersey Shipbuilding Co., Barber, N.J.
Launched in 1942
Transferred to the United Kingdom under terms of the Lend-Lease Act for the duration of World War II
Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LCI(L)-242, 20 November 1942
Returned to US Navy custody, 27 March 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal
Final Disposition, sold by the Maritime Commission, 18 March 1948, fate unknown.
Displacement 216 t.(light), 234 t.(landing), 389 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 3 officer, 21 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 four single 20mm guns one forward, one amidship, two aft, later added two .50 cal machine guns
Fuel Capacity 130 tons, lube oil 200 gal.
Propulsion two sets of 4 GM diesels, 4 per shaft, BHP 1,600, twin variable pitch propellers
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||HM LCI(L)-242 and HM LCI)L)-256 disembarking American army nurses in Naples harbor, while a human chain passes supplies to dry land. Nurses were desperately needed during the early days of Allied occupation. Landing craft were used to bring personnel and supplies ashore at Naples while docking facilities were unusable because of German demolitions. The Allies were able to restore the docks four days after liberating the city.
US Army Signal Corps. photo.
||HM LCI(L)-242 underway in the English Channel, date unknown.
||Jerry Gilmartin MMC(SW) USN Ret. Secretary AFMM LCI 713, Curator PT-658 Save the PT Boat Inc, courtesy Dennis Blocker LCI National Association Historian
The history for LCI(L)-242 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)
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Last Updated 28 August 2009
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