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USS LST-198 was transferred to the United Kingdom for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 22 June 1942, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
Launched, 17 January 1943
Commissioned USS LST-198, 15 February 1943
Decommissioned, 27 February 1943 and transferred to the Royal Navy
LST-198 never saw active service with the US Navy
Royal Navy History
Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-198, 6 March 1943
Sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia, for Liverpool in convoy SC 131, 18 May 1943
HM LST-198 participated in the following campaigns:
West Coast of Italy operations-1944--Anzio-Nettuno advanced landings
Invasion of Normandy
Served in the shuttle service between Tilbury, Ostend and Antwerp
Bow doors badly damaged in two collisions in February-March 1945
Paid off and returned to US Navy custody at New York, 23 January 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 20 March 1946
Sold, 19 March 1948, to Ships and Power Equipment Corp., Barber, N.J.
Resold in 1948 to Shell Oil Co.
Rebuilt as a shallow draft tanker suitable for Shell’s movement of crude oil from their Lake Maracaibo oil fields to the Shell refineries in Aruba and Curacao
Named MT Lidia, reflagged Venezuela
Sold in 1982 as a storage barge to Kuwaiti interests and renamed Hamdan 109>, reflagged Kuwait
Final Disposition, fate unknown
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 4 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
1 - 12 Pounder anti-aircraft multi-barrel mount
6 - 20MM mounts
4 - Fast Aerial Mine (FAM) mounts
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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