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LST-214 was transferred to the United Kingdom for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 29 December 1942, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
Launched, 22 June 1943
Transferred to the Royal Navy, 24 July 1943
Royal Navy History
Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-214, 13 July 1943
Sailed from Norfolk, VA.,16 August 1943
HM LST-214 participated in the following campaigns:
West Coast of Italy operations-1944--Anzio-Nuttuno advanced landings (struck by
shell on 29 January 1944)
Invasion of Normandy
Relief of Norway
Assigned to the 9th LST Flotilla bound for the invasion of the Andman Islands, which was
Served in the shuttle service between Tilbury, Ostend and Antwerp
Paid off and returned to US Navy custody at Norfolk, VA., 26 January 1944
Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 3 March 1947 to N. Block Co., Norfolk, VA.
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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||HM LST-214 underway from Norfolk, VA. the the United Kingdom in August 1943, with an LCT as deck cargo.
||HM LST-214 in the harbor at Ostend, Belgium, 18 December 1945. LST-214 participated in the transporting of the
Fifth Belgium Brigade from Dover, England to Ostend.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
The USS LST Ship Memorial
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United States LST Association
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