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>> Home > Forum > Hobby Chit Chat! > Landing Ship Tanks (WW2)
Landing Ship Tanks (WW2)
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Nerys
(Sub-Lieutenant)





Forum Posts: 15
31st Oct 2018 19:13  
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I have a hankering to build an LST and although I could probably build a reasonable representation from photos, I would like to get hold of some plans. There seem to be plans available for the smaller landing craft like LCTs and LCMs but nothing for LSTs, the only ocean going landing craft of WW2. Over a thousand were built, all in the USA, despite being a British conception, only 113 were actually built for the Royal Navy. They were 328 ft long with 50 ft beam and were fitted with ballast tanks, similar to submarine types to enable them to run well up onto a beach to unload their cargo of tanks and other vehicles. They only needed 3ft6ins water under the bow to beach. Doors opened and a ramp came down. Really they were the forerunners of the RoRo ferry.

My interest in building one is because my late father, a Lieutenant Commander, RNR, captained LST 368. all through the North Africa, Sicily and Italian campaigns.

Would be pleased to hear if anyone can help me locate plans.

Cheers, Nerys.


When the winds before the rain, soon you may make sail again, but when the rain's before the wind, tops'l sheets and halyards mind
RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 2415
31st Oct 2018 19:24  
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Good evening Nerys,
Take a shufti here, there's 'undreds!!! 😉
https://www.google.com/search?q=LST+plans&client=firefox-b&t...
Great motivation👍 Looking forward to your build blog.
All the best, Doug 😎
PS; In the nineties I worked on a COMMS system upgrade on one of these Newport class LSTs sold to the Brazilian Navy.
Great fun, I came out of a gangway from the COMMS Office a bit too quick and damn nearly fell into the well deck. A huge 'swimming pool in the middle of the ship 😲
Follow up re LST 368 😉
https://www.navsource.org/archives/10/16/160368.htm
Pic 1; Newport class
Pic 2; your Dad's ship at Normandy,
Pic 4; Loading for Anzio,
Pic 3; Unloading at Anzio.
Photo loading on the site is messing me about!😡


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Young at heart - slightly older in other places 😉 Cheers Doug
Grant me the Serenity to accept things I can't change, - the Courage to change things that I can,
and the Wisdom to know the difference!
RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 2415
31st Oct 2018 20:08  
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Hi again Nerys,
Attached a list of Commanders of LST 368 and a link to a site looking for more info on them.
https://uboat.net/allies/commanders/9336.html
Your chance to make your Dad immortal!? 😉
Your choice of course,
Best regards, Doug 😎


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Young at heart - slightly older in other places 😉 Cheers Doug
Grant me the Serenity to accept things I can't change, - the Courage to change things that I can,
and the Wisdom to know the difference!
onetenor
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 451
31st Oct 2018 20:49  
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Hi Doug What was the Well deck on a LST for?👍

Nerys
(Sub-Lieutenant)





Forum Posts: 15
31st Oct 2018 23:36  
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Thanks very much Doug for that wealth of information which I hadn't found. I never knew there was so much information available and am extremely grateful to you for bringing it to my attention. I will also pass it on to my sister who has all his personal records, published writings, drawings and cartoons etc. As a matter of interest, there is a drawing of LST 368 on a beach somewhere, by my father, in the D Day museum in Southsea. An LST is on my list of future builds, but at the moment I have a Dutch coaster, a Thames barge and the restoration of a pond yacht on the stocks. I feel I owe it to my father to build an LST, but equally should I also build one of his previous commands?, a tramp Ship, S.S. Ashbury or the last ship on which he served?, the training ship Arethusa, perhaps in her original guise as the four masted barque 'Peking'
Fair winds, Nerys.


When the winds before the rain, soon you may make sail again, but when the rain's before the wind, tops'l sheets and halyards mind
RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 2415
1st Nov 2018 00:56  
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Hi Nerys, I think that was only scratching the surface.
I found that lot in about 10 to 15 minutes.
But then I've been used to trawling the WWW for specific info for as long as it's been possible. Gave me the 'Edge' I needed in my job.
Don't want these skills to rust in retirement, and I never could resist a challenge anyway. 😉
Plus I was moved by your story and found it worth following up.
If I can help again please let me know.

Know just what you mean about too many projects 🤔
My Danish fish cutter restoration and conversion from static to RC has got bogged down until I solve the problem of getting the drive right down next to the keel, my PTB restoration and conversion to Kennedy's PT109 is shelved for the duration, re-shafting / re-propping Graf Spee and HMS Belfast, upgrading my Southampton tug are gathering dust🤔
Materials gathered for 1/350 Plastic Magic conversions of KGV (thanks Colin) and PoW battleships, HMS Hood, HMS Ark Royal, T45 Daring class (witnessed the building of the lead ship! Stitching the modules together was fascinating😊), USS Enterprise CVN65, RMS Titanic, etc etc!!! kits for a 1/96 HMS Manxman and a 1/100 Akula 2 submarine are lurking in the cellar as well.
Not to mention the 1/24 De Havilland Mosquito as a memorial to my Dad.

Whichever ship you decide to do for your Pa if I can help in any way I'd be very happy to. Maybe you can decipher from his personal records which ship was closest to his sailor's heart!?
I'd love and be honoured to be able to see some of your Dad's drawings and cartoons.
Bon chance with your current projects, All the best, Doug 😎


Young at heart - slightly older in other places 😉 Cheers Doug
Grant me the Serenity to accept things I can't change, - the Courage to change things that I can,
and the Wisdom to know the difference!
Nerys
(Sub-Lieutenant)





Forum Posts: 15
1st Nov 2018 00:57  
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Good morning Doug. Forgot to say that in the photo of 368 unloading at Anzio, my father is the taller of the two figures with white cap covers standing on the ramp. This photo was the front cover of a magazine, I think it was called Defence published in 1944?
Cheers, Nerys


When the winds before the rain, soon you may make sail again, but when the rain's before the wind, tops'l sheets and halyards mind
RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 2415
1st Nov 2018 01:22  
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Mornin' John,
For floating out the LCTs!
This later version had a big ramp over the bow (no bow doors) and a floodable well deck for LCTs, LCPs and LCACs (known as 'LCacks'!).
A huge hole right through about 2/3s of the ship 😲
Was awesome to behold, once I'd stopped meself falling into it!
Tanks and trucks over the bow ramp, assault troops via LCPs and LCacks out of the blunt end!

We fitted VHF/UHF/HF COMMS and datalink systems.
When the Brazilian Navy carrier NaeL Minas Gerais, see pic (ex Colossus class HMS Vengeance) was finally scrapped the radios and digital intercom system we had fitted to her in the 90s was transferred to one of these Newport class LSTs.
2nd pic shows her in Rio de Janeiro harbour,Guanabara Bay, where I worked on her. Behind her are three Niteroi class frigates (Vosper MK10s) which we also fitted with HF/VHF/UHF COMMS and Digital Intercom. Good times!😉 3rd pic shows her sad end on a scrapping beach in India, the last of the WW2 RN Colossus class😭
Abraços, Doug 😎


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Young at heart - slightly older in other places 😉 Cheers Doug
Grant me the Serenity to accept things I can't change, - the Courage to change things that I can,
and the Wisdom to know the difference!
camyaj
(Chief Petty Officer)





Forum Posts: 24
1st Nov 2018 09:06  
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Went to Tobruk from Toulon on one and returned during mid 60's run by merchant navy and a lot of chinese depending which engineer was on we got to swim in the bow section. Not if the scots engineer was on as he had the hump due he got nowhere with his ''see you jimmy '' as we were all either Scots Greys or Black Watch. No tanks just soft skins and armoured cars plus our 2 choppers. Also used in Aden but that was a short trip up the coast that was everything and Carriers big flag waving exercise