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HMC LCI(L)-306
HM LCI(L)-306

LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down in 1942-43, 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)-306, 2 April 1943
  • Transferred to the Canadian Navy, commissioned HMC LCI(L)-306, 29 September 1943, LT. Andrew K. Stephens RCNVR (Temp.) in command
  • During World War II HM LCI(L)-306 / HMC LCI(L)-306 served in the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater
  • HMC LCI(L)306 was assigned to the 2nd Canadian LCI Flotilla (Royal Navy Flotilla 262), and participated in the following campaign:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
    Troops Embarked, Highland Light Infantry of Canada C and D Co., plus photographer LT. G A Milne

  • Decommissioned by the Canadian Navy, 4 September 1944, returned to Royal Navy custody
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 13 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 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-250 104k HMC LCI(L)-250, HM LCI(L)-125 and HMC LCI(L)-306 embarking Canadian troops of the Highland Light Infantry in the United Kingdom for the trip across the channel to the Normandy invasion beaches.
    (Note: Each of the Canadian LCI(L)s had a serial number board affixed to her conning tower. This was used as a system for the troops to identify the correct LCI(L) that they were assigned to during the boarding period.)
    Bill Marshall
    LCI-306 101k Photo shot from the bow HMC LCI(L)-306 while disembarking Canadian troops of the Highland Light Infantry on the Normandy beachhead. Captain of the Craft, Andrew K. Sevens, RCNVR Winnipeg was on the bridge with a signalman (center) and L/Std. Wallace McQuade of Barrie, Ont. (Lieut Milne's assistant, 6 June 1944.
    Courtesy Gilbert Alexander Milne / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library.
    Brian Williams
    LCI-250 78k HMC LCI(L)-306 putting Canadian troops of the Highland Light Infantry ashore at Normandy, 6 June 1944. Sam Kimpton, Amphibious Forces Memorial Museum
    LCI-250 97k

    The history for HMC LCI(L)-306 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 9 May 2014