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LST-64 transferred to the Royal Navy for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 13 August 1942, at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched, 8 January 1943
  • Transferred to the United Kingdom, 2 April 1943
  • Royal Navy History
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-64, 2 April 1943
  • Sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia, 18 May 1943, in convoy SC 131 carrying general cargo
  • Arrived Liverpool 31 May 1943 with HM LST-63, 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 Mediterranean
  • Participated in the Sicilian occupation, July and August 1943 and possibly the Salerno landings in September 1943
  • Stranded at Naples in rough weather, 26 February 1944
  • Towed to Ferryville (now known as Menzel Bourguiba) Tunisia - considerably damaged and laid aside
  • Paid off into Care & Maintenance, 7 July 1944, and handed back to US authorities at Palermo, 15 October 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 December 1945
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 3 July 1946, to Mr. Rinaldo de Haag
    Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
    Displacement 1,625 t.(lt), 4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    (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)
    Speed 12 kts. (maximum)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    7 officers, 104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers, 147 enlisted
    Boats 4 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
    1 - 12 Pounder anti-aircraft multi-barrel mount
    6 - 20MM mounts
    4 - Fast Aerial Mine (FAM) mounts
    Propulsion two General Motors 12-567, 900hp diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders

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