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HM LST-364

LST-364 was transferred to the United Kingdom for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 3 September 1942, at Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, MA.
  • Launched, 26 October 1942
  • LST-364 never saw active service in the US Navy
  • Transferred to the Royal Navy under terms of the Lend-Lease Act, 7 December 1942
  • Royal Navy History
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-363, 7 December 1942
  • Sailed from New York, 19 March 1943 as straggler to convoy UGS-6A
  • During World War II HM LST-364 was assigned to the European Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    • Sicilian occupation, 9 and 10 July 1943
    • Salerno landings, September 1943
    • West Coast of Italy operations - 1944 - Anzio-Nettuno advanced landing, 22 January 1944
    • Invasion of Normandy, June 1944
  • Operated in the shuttle service between Tilbury, Ostend and Antwerp
  • Sunk while in convoy TAM-87 by a German Uboat (Seehund) 2-man midget submarine off Margate, 22 February 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 11 July 1945
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
    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"
    maximum navigation 14' 1"
    Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    13 officers
    104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers
    147 enlisted
    Boats 2 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
    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
    Fuel Capacity
    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
    twin rudders

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    LST-364 97k HM LST-364 beached on a "Hard" that is under construction, location unknown. Photo taken by Bert Hardy, War Office official photographer. Photo No. H 38512 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums. Part of the War Office Second World War Official Collection. Robert Hurst
    LST-364 43k HM LST-364 and HM LST-162 and a number of unidentified landing craft beached while unloading during a rehearsal for the Normandy landings, date and place unknown. Ed Storey

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