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HM LCI(L)-281



LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down in 1943 at New Jersey Shipbuilding Co., Barber, N. J.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Leased to the United Kingdom, 5 March 1943
  • During World War II HM LCI(L)-281 saw service at Yugoslavia
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 10 December 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold 19 November 1947, 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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    LCI(L)-281 246k HM LCI(L)-281 moored, in Sliema Creek, Malta, date unknown. The three sailors on the ramp are from left to right; Bunts (signalman), the ships' cook and Raymond Grant (seaman). Robert Morrissey
    Photo courtesy Ann Johnson
    Caption courtesy Jeff Smith LCI(L)-281
    LCI(L)-281 485k

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