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HM LST-365

LST-365 was transferred to the United Kingdom for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 14 October 1942, at Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, MA.
  • Launched, 11 November 1942
  • Transferred to the United Kingdom and commissioned HM LST-365, 14 December 1942
  • Royal Navy History
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-365, 14 December 1942
  • Sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia, in convoy SC122 / HX229 in company with HM LST-305
  • Sailed from Scotland in convoy KMS18A to the Mediterranean
  • HM LST-365 participated in the following campaigns:
    Sicilian occupation
    Salerno landings
    West Coast of Italy operations-1944--Anzio-Nettuno advanced landings
    Invasion of Normandy
  • HM LST-365 additional services and actions
    Operated in the shuttle service between Tilbury, Ostend and Antwerp
    Assisted in relief of Norway
    Made one trip to Channel Islands in September 1945
  • Suffered considerable damage in storm on passage to Greenock, Scotland in December 1945
  • Mudberthed at the head of Loch Striven in Scotland and paid off, 29 July 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 October 1946
  • Sold for commercial service, 5 June 1947, to Fresh Frozen Foods, Ltd., Ayrshire, Scotland
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown.
    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-365 52k HM LST-365 underway in rough seas with a full cargo of vehicles on deck, date and location unknown. Lubin Poulton for his father Albert Harry Poulton (Ginger) HM LST-365
    LST-365 56k HM LST-365 center, and HM LST-320 left, high and dry on 'Sword' beach, Normandy, while unloading, June 1944 Robert Hurst
    LST-365 90k HM LST-365 and HM LST -368 landing equipment and material at Normandy, June 1944. Robert Hurst
    LST-365 76k HM LST-365 disembarking German Prisoners of War at Southampton, UK, date unknown. Lubin Poulton for his father Albert Harry Poulton (Ginger) HM LST-365
    LST-365 35k HM LST-365 bringing much needed supplies to Guernsey after its liberation in May 1945. Ed Storey
    LST-365 77k HM LST-365 at Ostend, Belgian while delivering cargo of vehicles, date unknown, Lubin Poulton for his father Albert Harry Poulton (Ginger) HM LST-365
    LST-365 74k
    LST-365 62k HM LST-365 moored at Tilbury, Christmas Eve 1944 Lubin Poulton for his father Albert Harry Poulton (Ginger) HM LST-365
    LST-365 57k HM LST-365 anchored at Brunsbuttel, Germany, where the Kiel canal joins the River Elbe, May 1945. Robert Hurst
    LST-365 43k View from the bridge of HM LST-365 showing other LSTs in single line as they are about to enter the River Elbe, en-route to Hamburg, during Operation 'Doomsday', in May 1945. Robert Hurst
    LST-365 54k HM LST-365 at anchor in the Elbe River, May 1945. Lubin Poulton for his father Albert Harry Poulton (Ginger) HM LST-365
    LST-365 64k HM LST-365 being welcomed by the people of Stavanger, Norway, June 1945. Robert Hurst
    LST-365 82k HM LST-365 moored pierside at Stavanger, Norway. June 1945. Lubin Poulton for his father Albert Harry Poulton (Ginger) HM LST-365

    HM LST-365
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