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HM LST-366

LST-366 was transferred to the United Kingdom for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 1 October 1942, at Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, MA.
  • Launched, 11 November 1942
  • Transferred to the United Kingdom, 21 December 1942
  • Royal Navy History
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-366, 21 December 1942
  • Sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia, in convoy SC125, 31 March 1943
  • Sailed from Scotland in convoy KMS18A
  • HM LST-366 participated in the following campaigns:
    Sicilian occupation
    Salerno landings
    Reggio landing (as per MacDermott, "Ships Without Names"
    West Coast of Italy operations-1944--Anzio-Nettuno advanced landings
    Invasion of Normandy
  • HM LST-366 additionally participated in the shuttle service between Tilbury, Ostend and Antwerp
  • Paid off and returned to United States Navy custody at Norfolk, VA., 26 January 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping to N. Block and Co., Norfolk, VA., date 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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    341k HM LST-366 crew members cleaning one of her 20mm Oerlikon guns, location unknown, photo dated 14 February 1945.
    Source Admiralty Press Division
    Elna Estcourt
    188k HM LST-366 view from the foc'sle looking aft, photo dated 14 February 1945.
    Source Admiralty Press Division
    Elna Estcourt
    108k HM LST-366 outbound looking forward view from the bridge, photo dated 22 February 1945 by the Press Division of the Admiralty. Elna Estcourt
    LST-366 67k HM LST-366 on a ramp while unloading vehicles at what is now known as Montgomery Dock at Ostend, Belgium, circa 1945. Robert Hurst
    137k HM LST-366 beached on a ramp probably Montgomery Dock, Ostend, Belgium after unloading vehicles and other material, photo dated 22 February 1945 by the Press Division of the Admiralty. Written on the back of the photo is "Empty now we can go back" The comment lead us to believe that these photos were taken while HM LST-366 was participating in the the shuttle service between Tilbury, Ostend and Antwerp Elna Estcourt

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    02LT. Hall, N. RNVRApril 1943 - 21 August 1943
    03LT. Grandage, C.R., RNVR21 August 1943 - 16 March 1945
    04LCDR. Lowe, Thomas Herbert, RNVR16 March 1945 - 26 January 1946

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