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Landing Craft Tank

LCT(5)-13 was transferred to the United Kingdom under terms of the Lend-Lease Act for the duration of World War II
Landing Craft Tank (Mark 5) Class:
  • Laid down, 30 July1942, at Manitowoc Ship Building Co., Manitowoc WI.
  • Launched, 22 August 1942
  • Delivered, 18 September 1942
  • LCT(5)-13 never saw service with the US Navy
  • Transferred, 31 October 1942, to Great Britain and commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LCT-2013
  • Loaded aboard HM LST-302 at Clyde for return to US government
  • Paid off and returned to US Navy custody at New York, 5 January 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 February 1946
  • Sold, 19 September 1947
  • Registered in 1950 to Beaumont cement Sales Co., Beaumont, TX., named MV Besco III (ON 257030)
  • Sold, date unknown, to Ayers Materials Co., Harvey, LA.
  • Last document issued in 1972
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown.
    Displacement 285 t.(fl)
    Length 114' 2" (o.a.)
    Beam 32' 8"
    limiting 3' 6"
    max.navigational 3' 6"
    Speed 10 kts.
    Range 700 nautical miles at 7 kts.
    1 officer
    10 enlisted
    Cargo Capacity 150 short tons
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    two .50 cal. machine guns
    wheelhouse 2 1/2"
    gun shields 2"
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 80 Bbls
    three Grey Marine 6-71 Diesel engines
    one Diesel-drive 20Kw 120V. D.C. Ships' service generator
    three propellers, 675shp

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