History
United Kingdom
Name: LST-429
Ordered: as a Type S3-M-K2 hull, MCE hull 949[1]
Builder: Bethlehem Fairfield Shipyard, Baltimore, Maryland
Yard number: 2201[1]
Laid down: 16 November 1942
Launched: 11 January 1943
Commissioned: 20 February 1943
Struck: 24 November 1943
Identification: Hull symbol: LST-429
Fate: lost in action, 3 July 1943
General characteristics [2]
Class and type: LST-1-class tank landing ship
Displacement:
  • 1,625 long tons (1,651 t) (light)
  • 4,080 long tons (4,145 t) (full (seagoing draft with 1,675 short tons (1,520 t) load)
  • 2,366 long tons (2,404 t) (beaching)
Length: 328 ft (100 m) oa
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Draft:
  • Unloaded: 2 ft 4 in (0.71 m) forward; 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) aft
  • Full load: 8 ft 2 in (2.49 m) forward; 14 ft 1 in (4.29 m) aft
  • Landing with 500 short tons (450 t) load: 3 ft 11 in (1.19 m) forward; 9 ft 10 in (3.00 m) aft
Installed power:
Propulsion:
Speed: 12 kn (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Range: 24,000 nmi (44,000 km; 28,000 mi) at 9 kn (17 km/h; 10 mph) while displacing 3,960 long tons (4,024 t)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
2 x LCVPs
Capacity: 1,600–1,900 short tons (3,200,000–3,800,000 lb; 1,500,000–1,700,000 kg) cargo depending on mission
Troops: 16 officers, 147 enlisted men
Complement: 13 officers, 104 enlisted men
Armament:

HMS LST-429 was a United States Navy LST-1-class tank landing ship that was transferred to the Royal Navy during World War II. As with many of her class, the ship was never named. Instead, she was referred to by her hull designation.

Construction

LST-429 was laid down on 16 November 1942, under Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 949, by the Bethlehem Fairfield Shipyard, Baltimore, Maryland; launched 11 January 1943; then transferred to the United Kingdom and commissioned on 20 February 1943.[3]

Service history

LST-429 saw no active service in the United States Navy. The tank landing ship was sunk due to a fire while in Royal Navy service in July 1943, northwest of Zuwarah, Libya. On 24 November 1943, LST-429 was struck from the Navy list.[3]

The wreck is located at: 33°05′N 11°52′E / 33.083°N 11.867°E / 33.083; 11.867Coordinates: 33°05′N 11°52′E / 33.083°N 11.867°E / 33.083; 11.867[4]

See also

Notes

Citations

Bibliography

Online resources

  • "LST-429". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Navy Department, Naval History and Heritage Command. Retrieved 13 May 2017. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  • "Bethlehem-Fairfield, Baltimore MD". www.ShipbuildingHistory.com. 14 August 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  • "USS LST-429". Navsource.org. 15 November 2004. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  • Helgason, Guðmundur. "HMS LST-429". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 13 May 2017.

External links

  • Photo gallery of LST-429 at NavSource Naval History