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HMC LCI(L)-305
HM LCI(L)-305

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
    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-305 68k 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)
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    Last Updated 22 November 2013