LCT 516

Vessel Name on Arrival: 
LCT 516
Vessel Type: 
Landing Craft
GRT: 
258
Draught For'd: 
2' 6"
Draught Aft: 
4' 6"
Year Built: 
1943
Arrival Date: 
15/02/1946
Breakup Started: 
08/04/1946
Date First Beaching: 
05/03/1946
Breakup Completed: 
09/05/1946
Original Builder: 
Bison Shipbuilding Corporation - North Tonawanda Island, Buffalo, NY
Other Information: 

 

Mark VI version of LCT assigned to the European theatre in WWII and took part in the Invasion of Normandy - 6th to 24th June 1944 - as part of LCT Flotilla 4.  These were amphibious assault ships designed for landing troops and/or tanks direct onto the beachheads

The LCTs were based on a British (Thorneycroft and Admiralty collaboration) design and a selection of Yards, few of whom had any previous shipbuilding experience, were set up to prefanricate and assemble these craft. Keels were being laid down at the rate of one every 3-4 days, and a construction time of 35 days was soon being achieved. 

 

03-07-1943  :  Laid down

10-08-1943  :  Launched

29-09-1943  :  Delivered

 

Length   :  119' 1"

Breadth :    32' 8"

Draught :     5' 0"

Speed :  8 knots          ( Range :   700 nautical miles at 7 knots)

Complement :  1 Officer + 12 Enlisted

Capacity :  150 tons (short)

Propulsion :  3 x Grays Marine Diesel Engines, each 225 HP, driving three shafts/propellers

Armour   :   Wheelhouse = 2.5 inches thick       Gun Shield =  2.0 inches thick

Armaments  :  2 x single A/A mounts  +  4 x 0.50 calibre machine guns

 

Upper Image :  Assemby of prefabricated sections at Yard - left hand section is Crew Quarters and Engine Room

Middle Image :  A Mark V LCT with five tanks on board

Lower Image :  A Mark VI LCT disembarking millitary onto the beach

 

 

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