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HMC LCI(L)-250
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HM LCI(L)-250



LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down in 1942 at New Jersey Shipbuilding, Barber, N.J.
  • Launched in 1942
  • Delivered under terms of the Lend-Lease Act to the United Kingdom, commissioned HM LCI(L)-250, 31 December 1942
  • Transferred to the Canadian Navy, commissioned HMC LCI(L)-250, 29 January 1944, LT. Clifford Chilcott RCNVR (Temp.) in command
  • During World War II HM LCI(L)-250 / HMC LCI(L)-250 was assigned to the Europe-Africa Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    HM LCI(L)-250
    Campaign and Dates
    HMC LCI(L)-250
    Campaign and Dates
    Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943 Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
    Assigned to 2nd Canadian LCI Flotilla (Royal Navy Flotilla 262)
    Troops Embarked, Highland Light Infantry of Canada B Co., plus battalion HQ
    Damage Sustained in Landing, Mined on the port bow; lost both ramps when turning while getting off the beach

  • Decommissioned by the Canadian Navy, 31 August 1944, returned to Royal Navy custody
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 27 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold, 17 February 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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    HM LCI(L)-250
    LCI(L)-269 61k HM LCI(L)-250 and HM LCIH-269 off Salerno in September, 1943. The ships are carrying US Sappers and are heading to shore for landings just south of Naples.
    Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official Collection, by Roper, F.G. (Lt), Photo No. IWM (A 19150)
    Mike Green
    HMC LCI(L)-250
    LCI-250 102k HMC LCI(L)-250 loading Canadian troops of the Highland Light Infantry in the United Kingdom 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-250 104k HMC LCI(L)-250, HM LCI(L)-125 and HMC LCI(L)-306 embarking Canadian troops of the Highland Light Infantry in the United Kingdom for the trip across the channel to the Normandy invasion beaches.
    (Note: Each of the Canadian LCI(L)s had a serial number board affixed to her conning tower. This was used as a system for the troops to identify the correct LCI(L) that they were assigned to during the boarding period.)
    Bill Marshall

    The history for LCI(L)-250 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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