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HM LST-319

LST-319 was transferred to the United Kingdom for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 10 August 1942, at Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • Launched, 5 November 1942
  • LST-319 never saw active service with the United States Navy
  • Transferred to the United Kingdom, under terms of the Lend-lease Act
  • Royal Navy History
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-319, 15 December 1942
  • HM LST-319 sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia for Liverpool, 31 March 1943, in convoy SC 125 in company with USS LST-336, and HM LST-406
  • HM-319 sailed from Scotland in convoy KMS 18A for the Mediterranean
  • HM LST-319 participated in the following campaigns:
    Sicilian occupation
    Salerno landings
    West Coast of Italy operations-1944 - Anzio-Nettuno advanced landings
    Invasion of Normandy
  • Operated in shuttle service between Tilbury, Ostend and Antwerp
  • Collided with a pier at Ostend in early October 1944
  • Assisted in relief of Norway
  • Believed to have loaded HM LCT-2228 at Liverpool for return to US Navy custody
  • Paid off and returned to US Navy custody, 17 December 1945, at New York City, N.Y.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 21 January 1946
  • Sold, 9 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 Lucia, reflagged Venezuela
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1957 at Ghent Belgium
    Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
    Displacement 1,625 t.(lt), 2,366 (beaching), 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)
    (limiting) 11' 2"
    (max. nav.) 14' 1"
    Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    13 officers
    106 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
    one - 12 Pounder anti-aircraft multi-barrel mount
    six - 20MM mounts
    four - Fast Aerial Mine (FAM) mounts
    Fuel Capacity 4,320 Bbls
    two General Motors 12-567A, 900hp Diesel engines
    Falk single Main reduction gears
    one Diesel-drive 100Kw, 240V. D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 1,700shp
    twin rudders

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    LST-319 75k HM LST-319 undergoing beaching trials in icy waters near Philadelphia, PA., late 1942-early 1943. Robert Hurst

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