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HMC LCI(L)-277
HM LCI(L)-277 LCI(L)-277

LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, in 1943, location unknown
  • Launched in 1943
  • LCI(L)-277 never saw active service in the US Navy
  • Delivered under terms of the Lend-Lease Act to the United Kingdom, 20 March 1943, commissioned HM LCI(L)-277
  • Temporary custody transferred to Canada, commissioned HMC LCI(L)-277, 4 January 1944, LT. William H. M. Ballantyne RCNR (Temp.) in command
  • During World War II HMC LCI(L)-277 was assigned to 1st Canadian LCI Flotilla, (Royal Navy LCI Flotilla 260) in the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
  • Decommissioned by the Canadian Navy, 2 September 1944, returned to the Royal Navy
  • 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(L)-277 982k HMC LCI(L)-277 moored in a southern England port waiting to get underway for the invasion of Normandy, circa June 1944. Pete Ballantyne for his father, LT. William H. M. Ballantyne RCNR, CO HMC LCI(L)-277
    LCI(L)-277 51k HMC LCI(L)-277 at anchor off the coast of England prior to the invasion of Normandy. Pete Ballantyne for his father, LT. William H. M. Ballantyne RCNR, CO HMC LCI(L)-277
    LCI(L)-277 371k HMC LCI(L)-277 high and dry on the beach at Normandy, circa June 1944. Pete Ballantyne for his father, LT. William H. M. Ballantyne RCNR, CO HMC LCI(L)-277
    LCI(L)-277 147k HM LCI(L)-277 beached, date and location 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)-277 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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