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HM LST-63


LST-63 transferred to the Royal Navy for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 6 August 1942, at the Jeffersonville Boat and Machinery Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched, 19 December 1942
  • Transferred to the United Kingdom, 15 March 1943
  • Royal Navy History
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-63, 29 March 1943
  • Sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia, 18 May 1943 in convoy SC 131 carrying general cargo
  • Arrived Liverpool, 31 May 1943, with HM LST-64, HM LST-164, HM LST-198 and HM LST-200
  • Sailed from the Clyde, 25 June 1943, as part of convoy KMS 19 for the invasion of Sicily
  • During World War II HM LST-63 was assigned to the European Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Sicilian Occupation, July and August 1943
    Salerno landings, September 1943
    Anzio advanced landings, January to March 1944
    Invasion of Normandy, June 1944
  • Paid off at New York 17 December 1945
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 17 December 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 21 January 1946
  • Sold for conversion to merchant service, 27 May 1948, to Northern Metals Co., Philadelphia, PA.
  • Converted to an auto ferry for The Virginia Ferry Corporation, named MV Northampton remaining in service until 1964 when the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel was opened. Northampton spent her last years serving as a barge with the Tidewater Towing Corp.
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown.
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    Draft
    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
    Complement
    7 officers
    104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers
    147 enlisted
    Boats 2 LCVP
    Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
    Typical loads
    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
    1 - 12 Pounder anti-aircraft multi-barrel mount
    6 - 20MM mounts
    4 - Fast Aerial Mine (FAM) mounts
    Propulsion
    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
    twin rudders

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    HM LST-63
    LST-63 68k HM LST-63 off Salerno in September 1943. The ship is loaded with guns and supplies and is on her way to the beach. She is also towing a barrage balloon.
    Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official collection, Photo No. IWM (A 19148)
    Mike Green
    Merchant Service
    LST-63 783k Post card of ex-HM LST-63 as The Virginia Ferry Corporation's MV Northampton Tommy Trampp

    LST-63
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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