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LST-37 was transferred to Greece
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship
Laid down, 1 April 1943, at Dravo Corp., Pittsburgh, PA.
Launched, 5 July 1943
LST-37 never saw active service in the U.S. Navy
Transferred to the government of Greece, 18 August 1943
While in service to Greece, she ran aground and sank off Bizerte, Tunisia, 1 June 1944
Struck from the Naval Register, 12 August 1948.
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
Length 328' o.a.
light 2' 4" fwd, 7' 6" aft
sea-going 8' 3" fwd, 14' 1" aft
landing 3' 11" fwd, 9' 10" aft (landing w/500 ton load)
limiting 11' 2"
maximum navigation 14' 1"
Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
Boats 2 LCVP
Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
One Landing Craft Tank (LCT), tanks, wheeled and tracked vehicles, artillery, construction equipment and military supplies. A ramp or elevator forward allowed vehicles access to tank deck from main deck
Additional capacity included sectional pontoons carried on each side of vessel amidships, to either build Rhino Barges or use as causeways. Married to the bow ramp, the causeways would enabled payloads to be delivered ashore from deeper water or where a beachhead would not allow the vessel to be grounded forward after ballasting
Armament (varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was
2 - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
4 - Single 40MM gun mounts
12 single 20MM gun mounts
Diesel 4,300 Bbls
two General Motors 12-567A, 900hp Diesel engines
single Falk Main Reduction Gears
three Diesel-drive 100Kw 230V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
two propellers, 1,700shp
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||Shipyard workers hang on as LST-37's hull tastes water for the first time as she is launched at the Dravo Corp.
shipyard at Neville Island, PA., 5 July 1943.
US National Archives Photo # 80-G-043579, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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