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LST-238 was transferred to the United Kingdom for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 5 March 1943, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
Launched, 13 June 1943
LST-238 saw no active service with the United States Navy
Transferred to the United Kingdom, 16 July 1943
Royal Navy History
Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-238, 16 July 1943
Sailed from Norfolk, VA., 16 August 1943, as a part of 9th Flotilla bound for the invasion
of the Andaman Islands, but which was subsequently canceled
HM LST-238 was subsequently assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the Invasion of Normandy in June 1944
Operated in the shuttle service between Tilbury, Ostend and Antwerp
Participated in relief of Channel Islands in Operation "Nestegg"
Paid off at Norfolk, VA., 12 February 1946
Returned to US Navy custody, 13 February 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 12 March 1948, to Ships and Power Equipment Corp., Barber, N.J.
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.
(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
Boats 6 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
one 12pdr anti-aircraft multi-barrel mount
six single 20mm gun mounts
four 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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||HM LST-238 entering St Peter Port Harbour, Guernsey, during Operation "Nestegg", the occupation of the Channel Islands.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
The USS LST Ship Memorial
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