landing craft world war 2

760J9
15th October 2007, 23:20
An old man in the village where I live served on LCI L 381 during the war. he is seeking a picture of it or one of its kind. I'm a post war baby and have only been involved with merchant ships. I thought It would be comparatively easy to find a picture on the internet, but have been unable to do so. Does anyone know where I might find one for him? Apparently LCI L means Landing Craft Infantry Large. Any help wopuld be appreciated. Thank you. Tom

treeve
15th October 2007, 23:38
I know that Landing Craft have been discussed at length on Mariners_L Forum.
You will need to search their archive, Best Wishes, raymond

Bruce Carson
16th October 2007, 02:21
Tom, the specs of LCI(L)-381 may be found here:
http://www.navsource.org/archives/10/15/150381.htm

I can't locate a picture of 381, but photos of identical craft ( LCI(L)-379, for example) may be found here:
http://www.navsource.org/archives/10/15/15idx.htm

Bruce C

LCI (L)-381 was built by George Lawley & Sons, Neponset, Massachusetts and delivered in October, 1943.
An identical vessel has been restored:
http://www.amphibiousforces.org/

Keith Adams
16th October 2007, 06:07
Hello Bruce, Thankyou so much for the "amphibiousforces.org" web site link ... ran across my street to give it to my neighbor (neighbour) who served on LCTs during the Korean Conflict ... he didn't know of that organization, so he is most pleased ... yet another old fart made happy by info from "shipsnostalgia.com"! Cheers, Snowy

760J9
17th October 2007, 23:14
Thanks Raymond, thanks Bruce, some of this will help to make an old timer happy
much appreciated
tom

al1934
25th October 2007, 17:32
Tom, have a look at

http://www.combinedops.com/Training%20in%20Landing%20Craft%20Operations.htm#L anding%20Craft%20Types

Click on Landing Craft Types.

Coincidentally, I've just been looking at this for someone whose father was a Leading Stoker at HMS QUEBEC at Inverary. Same era.

Best wishes

Bruce Carson
25th October 2007, 19:10
Hello Bruce, Thankyou so much for the "amphibiousforces.org" web site link ... ran across my street to give it to my neighbor (neighbour) who served on LCTs during the Korean Conflict ... he didn't know of that organization, so he is most pleased ... yet another old fart made happy by info from "shipsnostalgia.com"! Cheers, Snowy

Dammit, Snowy, we old farts have to stick together.
I hope he finds an old comrade or two after all these years.

Bruce

chaspat
28th October 2007, 10:26
Has anyone any knowledge of the LST's run by Colonel Bustard 50's/60's.
They were used Home Trade as car ferries Preston/Larne and also Foreign Malta,Aden and Singapore carrying troops and tanks. They wre involved in Suez crisis.

stan mayes
28th October 2007, 12:01
Hello Chaspat,
I was in EMPIRE BALTIC on Tilbury -Antwerp -Hamburg service for four years early 1950's...You only mentioned Preston -Larne..
Regards Stan.

chaspat
29th October 2007, 10:23
Hi Stan,
Yes I knew about that one. I did one year Malta (Tripoli,Benghazi,Cyprus)
and one year Aden - Gulf Ports.
Anyone else out there?

Peter Benson
30th October 2007, 11:01
Hi Chaspat
My late father, Peter Benson was on the Empire Baltic with Stan in the early 1950s up until November 1956. He was also on the Empire Celtic in 1951 and as a young lad of 17 on the Empire Cedric in 1948.
Over the weekend I was researching ships he was on and came across these web sites that may be of interest to you.
http://www.maritimesteamrestorationtrust.co.uk/projects/empire.html
http://www.maritimebritain.co.uk/risklist.html
Regards
Peter

chaspat
4th November 2007, 09:37
Excellent websites. Many thanks Peter.

stan mayes
4th November 2007, 11:55
Hello Peter,
Yes,your father Peter was a good shipmate of mine during our service together in EMPIRE BALTIC and he was well known and respected in all the A.S.N.Co ships he sailed in..
Kind regards Stan.

CEYLON220
7th June 2009, 16:10
Has anyone a photo of the WW2 Landing Craft HMS TRACKER which was the accommodation ship in Portsmouth in 1958.

yosipanji
18th January 2010, 07:52
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http://www.ratson.com/images/recent/LCT11.jpg Landing Craft Tank (LCT) developed in Balikpapan-Indonesia (http://www.ratson.com)

Landing Craft Tank (LCT) (http://www.ratson.com) for military purpose, boats and seagoing vehicles are used to convey a landing force (infantry and vehicles) from the sea to the shore during an amphibious assault. Most renowned are those used to storm the beaches of Normandy, the Mediterranean, and many Pacific islands during WWII. This was the high point of the Landing Craft (http://www.ratson.com), with a significant number of different designs produced in large quantities by the United Kingdom, United States and now operate almost of all countrys.

Because of the need to run up onto a suitable beach, WWII Landing Craft (http://www.ratson.com) were flat-bottomed, and many designs had a flat front, often with a lowerable ramp, rather than a normal bow. This made them difficult to control and very uncomfortable in rough seas. The control point (bridge was far too fancy a description for the facilities of the LCA and similar craft) was normally situated at the extreme rear of the vessel as were the engines. In all cases they tended to be known by an abbreviation derived from the official name rather than by the full title.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/00/LCT202.jpg/400px-LCT202.jpg USA Military Landing Craft Tank (LCT) (http://www.ratson.com)

does anyone have other references?

brgds,
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NickNZ
18th January 2010, 23:11
Has anyone any knowledge of the LST's run by Colonel Bustard 50's/60's.
They were used Home Trade as car ferries Preston/Larne and also Foreign Malta,Aden and Singapore carrying troops and tanks. They wre involved in Suez crisis.

There was a very good article in Ships Monthly last year on Colonel Bustard and his 'Empire Class' of ships, from the time of the formation of his company until they were eventually taken over by another company. I'm afraid I cannot be specific about the issue, but a search of the Ships Monthly website, may help.

Regards

sidsal
21st January 2010, 19:38
When Germany capitulated at the end of ww2 we were still fighting the Japs and we needed to get landing craft out east. Hence merchant ships bound out east through the Suez canal towed one or two landing craft . It was a common sight for some months to see these ships with their tows. Of course the atomic bombs brought the Japs to surrender and the towing ceased.

shiner.w
11th August 2010, 05:36
Talking of LSTs,I served on `Stricker`based at Bahrein in`61.She was Canadian built and on her last legs when Ileft her in Gib at the end of `61.Does anyone know what became of her.
Shiner.

OLD STRAWBERRY
11th August 2010, 09:37
Reading this thread, I thought perhaps You may like the look of this little book written by Lt Com' Peter Bull (Character actor in many British films). I don't think it is in print now but I managed to get a copy through an old book shop in Sherborne a few years ago now. Obviously being war it is a serious book but if You wan't a good laugh I can recommend it.

Bernard McIver
11th August 2010, 23:55
Has anyone a photo of the WW2 Landing Craft HMS TRACKER which was the accommodation ship in Portsmouth in 1958.

The only WW2 HMS TRACKER I am aware of was the first of 9 Baby Flat Tops completed in Portland Oregon in February 1943. I was there in February 1944 when the last one, HMS TROUNCER, was commissioned and attended an "At Home" party on board.

I have a book titled "GOOD FELLOWS ALL" which tells of the activities of the "WHITE ENSIGN CLUB" where Royal Navy personnel were entertained while waiting for their ship to sail. This has a photograph of HMS TRACKER which I will try to scan and post if it is the same ship you are referring to.
Bernard

Bernard McIver
12th August 2010, 00:32
Photographs of HMS TRACKER can be found on this link:

http://www.navsource.org/03/01006.htm

Bernard

Jim McFaul
28th August 2010, 23:28
There was an LST3 named TRACKER, the former LST 3522. Built by Davie, Canada, in 1945. She became a harbour accomodation ship in 1958. Previously she had been involved with the British Nuclear Testing program in the Pacific.
A book that covers the LSTs is "Ships Without Names" by Brian MacDermott published by Arms and Armour in 1992, it is likely out of print but you may find one second hand. Jim McFaul.

chadburn
29th August 2010, 11:04
I believe that part of the LST Narvik (her Tank Deck) still exist's and is presently sat under the John H Amos as the Portal Narvik

surfaceblow
29th August 2010, 14:24
LST 325 is making a 800 mile Ohio River trip from Evansville to Pittsburgh PA and back to Evansville. While LST 325 is in Pittsburgh there will be cruises and tours from September 2 til the 7 before the vessel returns to Evansville.

Below is the link to the news article about LST 325 and a few pictures.
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/pittsburgh/s_696039.html