History
United States
Name: USS LSM-149
Builder: Charleston Navy Yard
Laid down: 4 May 1944
Launched: 27 May 1944
Commissioned: 8 July 1944
Fate: Damaged, 5 December or 14 December 1944; Declared total loss
Decommissioned: 15 April 1945
General characteristics
Class and type: LSM-1-class landing ship medium
Displacement:
  • 520 t.(light)
  • 743 t. (landing)
  • 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
Length: 203 ft 6 in (62.0 m)
Beam: 34 ft 6 in (10.52 m)
Draft:
  • 3 ft 6 in (1.07 m) fwd, 7 ft 8 in (2.34 m) aft
  • Fully loaded:
  • 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) fwd, 8 ft 3 in (2.51 m) aft
Propulsion:
  • 2 General Motors (non-reversible with airflex clutch) diesels
  • Direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm
  • twin screws
Speed: 13.2 knots (24.4 km/h) (max.), (928 tons displacement)
Endurance:
  • 4,900 miles @ 12 knots, (928 tons displacement)
  • (7,900 km @ 22 km/h)
Capacity: 5 medium or 3 heavy tanks, or 6 LVT's, or 9 DUKW's
Troops: 2 officers, 46 enlisted
Complement: 5 officers, 54 enlisted
Armament: 5 × 20 mm AA guns
Armor: 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station

USS LSM-149 was a LSM-1-class landing ship medium built for the U.S. Navy in World War II. Like most ships of her class, she was not named and known only by her designation.

LSM-149 was laid down at the Charleston Navy Yard on 4 May 1944, and was launched 27 May 1944. She was commissioned along with sister ship USS LSM-148 on 8 July 1944 by Rear Admiral Jules James,[1] with Lt. Ezra D Woodbury, USNR, in command.

Assigned to the Pacific Theatre, LSM-149 was damaged and breached while attempting to recover a barge in heavy surf off Sansapor, New Guinea on 30–31 July 1944. LSM-149 was grounded off the Philippines on 5 December 1944. (According to the United States Navy this happened on 14 December 1944, but her fate has also been reported as on 5 December 1944.) She was declared a total loss, and decommissioned on 15 April 1945.

References

  1. ^ Priolo, Gary P. (2004-05-28). "USS LSM-148 and USS LSM-149 Christening". NavSource Online. NavSource Naval History. Retrieved 2007-12-06.
  • Priolo, Gary P. (2004-05-28). "LSM-149". NavSource Online. NavSource Naval History. Retrieved 2007-12-06.