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HMC LCI(L)-285
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HM LCI(L)-285




LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down in 1943 at New Jersey Shipbuilding Barber, N.J.
  • Launched in 1943
  • Transferred under terms of the Lend-Lease Act to the United Kingdom, commissioned, HM LCI(L)-285, 13 March 1943
  • Temporarily loaned to Canada, commissioned HMC LCI(L)-285, 4 December 1943, LT. Helier S. Square RCNVR (Temp.) in command
  • During World War II HMC LCI(L)-285 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater, 1st Canadian LCI Flotilla (Royal Navy LCI Flotilla 260) and participated in the following campaign:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944

  • Decommissioned by the Canadian Navy, 13 September 1944, and returned to US Naval custody
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • Transferred to the State Department for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold, 13 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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    LCI(L)-277 1497k HM LCI(L)-285 and HM LCI(L)-8 moored together, circa 1944-45, 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)-285 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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