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R.W. McIlvain - (1947-1965)
Unfortunaly only pictures as Landing Craft LST-941, see below.
The Miramar Ship Index for "LST-941"
[ 1947 converted to offshore oil tender, 3568grt ] -
1947 R.W. McILVAIN -
1965 to barge drilling tender SEADRILL 11
Converted to a barge 1965.
542-Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 28 July 1944, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA.
Launched, 30 August 1944
Commissioned USS LST-941, 22 September 1944
During World War II USS LST-941 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
Following World War II USS LST-941 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 1 to 26 October 1945
Decommissioned, 1 May 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
Final Disposition, sold for commercial service, 28 March 1947, to Francis R Stolz.
Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
Displacement 1,625 t.(lt), 4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
Length 328' o.a.
(light) - 2' 4" fwd, 7' 6" aft
(sea-going) 8' 3" fwd, 14' 1" aft
(landing) 3' 11" fwd, 9' 10" aft (landing w/500 ton load)
Speed 12 kts. (maximum)
Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
7 officers, 104 enlisted
16 officers, 147 enlisted
Boats 2 LCVP
Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
One Landing Craft Tank (LCT), tanks, wheeled and tracked vehicles, artillery, construction equipment and military supplies.
A ramp or elevator forward allowed vehicles access to tank deck from main deck
Additional capacity included sectional pontoons carried on each side of vessel amidships, to either build Rhino Barges or use as causeways.
Married to the bow ramp, the causeways would enabled payloads to be delivered ashore from deeper water or where a beachhead would
not allow the vessel to be grounded forward after ballasting
Armament (varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII.
The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was
2 - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
4 - Single 40MM gun mounts
12 single 20MM gun mounts
Propulsion two General Motors 12-567, 900hp diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders
Borneo: Brunei Bay Area, Labuan ,-10 June 1945 - General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander,
Allied Land Forces, South West Pacific Area and Lieutenant General Sir Leslie J. Morshead, General Officer
Commanding I Corps arriving on Labuan Island, soon after the Australian Landing in the
area during the OBOE 6 operation.
The landing party is disembarking from USS LST-941 LCVP #2. In the background is USS LSM-52
( Photo from the Australian War Memorial Collection (copyright expired) )
Wreckage of Japanese planes at Labuan, Borneo with USS LST-941 and another unidentified LST at
anchor in the harbor in the background, circa 10 June 1945.