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LST-200 was transferred to the United Kingdom under Lend-lease Act
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 2 July 1942, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL,
Launched, 20 February 1943
LST-200 saw no active service with the US Navy
Transferred to the Royal Navy, 23 March 1943
Royal Navy History
Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-200, 29 March 1943
Sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia, for Liverpool in convoy SC 131, 18 May 1943
HM LST-200 participated in the following campaigns:
West Coast of Italy operation-1944--Anzio-Nutteno advanced landings
Invasion of Normandy
Served in the shuttle service between Tilbury, Ostend and Antwerp
Paid off and returned to US Navy custody at New York, N.Y., 27 February 1946.
Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
Sold, 26 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 Linda, reflagged Venezuela
Final Disposition, scrapped in 1957 at Ghent, Belgium
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 - US Varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was
two - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
four - Single 40MM gun mounts
twelve single 20MM gun mounts
Armament - UK Lend Lease built vessels were to be outfitted with armament after convoying across Atlantic and included
one - 12 Pounder anti-aircraft multi-barrel mount
six - 20MM single gun mounts
four - Fast Aerial Mine (FAM) 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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Shell Oil Co.
||Ex-LST-200 in merchant service as the Shell Oil Co. Venezuela flagged tanker MT Linda, date and locations unknown.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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