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LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down in 1943 at New Jersey Shipbuilding, Barber, N.J.
Launched in 1943
Transferred to the United Kingdom under terms of the Lend-Lease Act, commissioned HM LCI(L)-305, 18 March 1943
Transferred to the Canadian Navy, commissioned HMC LCI(L)-305, 29 February 1944, LT. Colin B. MacKay RCNVR (Temp.) in command
During World War II HM LCI(L)-305 / HMC LCI(L)-305 served in the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater
HMC LCI(L)-305 was assigned to the 2nd Canadian LCI Flotilla (Royal Navy Flotilla 264), 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, 1 September 1944, returned to Royal Navy custody
Returned to US Naval custody in January 1948
Leased to France, 26 January 1948, redesignated LCI(L)-103, later L 9042
Returned to US Naval custody, 21 March 1949
Transferred to the State Department for disposal
Permanent transfer to France, 21 March 1949
Struck from the Naval Register in 1954
Final Disposition, 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
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
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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||Men of the 2nd Essex wade ashore at Jig Red Beach, Normandy from HMC LCI(L)-305 and HMC LCI(L)-295, 6 June 1944.
||Robert Hurst and Ed Storey
The history for HMC LCI(L)-305 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)
Last Updated 22 November 2013
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|