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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:
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.
(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
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
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
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||HM LST-319 undergoing beaching trials in icy waters near Philadelphia, PA., late 1942-early 1943.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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