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HM LCI(L)-273

LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large)>
  • Laid down, date unknown, New Jersey Shipbuilding, Barber N,J.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered in January 1943
  • Transferred under lend-lease to the United Kingdom
  • Commissioned, HM LCI(L)-273 in the Royal Navy, 1 February 1943
  • Lost while at Anzio while under lease to the Royal Navy, 17 March 1944
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date 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(L)-273 488k US Navy personnel examine the hulk of HM LCI(L)-273. LCI(L)-273 had been hit by a German bomb early the morning, of 17 March 1944, while lying alongside the jetty at Anzio. From a later survey it appeared that the bomb hit the jetty about three feet from the ship’s side, and bounced off, exploding against the ship’s side. In the background is HM LST-412 Brian Miller
    LCI(L)-273 609k A close-up view of the hulk of HM LCI(L)-273. LCI(L)-273 alongside the jetty at Anzio. Brian Miller

    The history for LCI(L)-273 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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