Vessel name on Arrival: LCT 516
Original Builder: Bison Shipbuilding Corporation - North Tonawanda Island, Buffalo, NY
Original Yard No:
Vessel Type: landingcraft
Year Built: 1942
Arrival Date: 15/02/1946
Breakup Started: 08/04/1946
Date First Beached: 05/03/1946
Date Breakup Completed: 08/05/1946
Draught For’d: 2' 6"
Draught Aft: 4' 6"
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