Once a ship had been built and launched she then had to be out-fitted, and then complete sea trials
before being handed over to her new owners, in the case of a ship for the Royal Navy this meant she also had to be commissioned as fit for purpose, once commissioned she was then considered ready for action and would take her place in the fleet.
This Landing Craft Tank was one of the first batch of craft and may even have been one that future designs were based on. With around 800 of the vessels built during World War II. The triple screwed ships were mass produced and it was not only shipyards that were used to build these much needed vessels.
LCT-115 (Landing Craft Tank)
Built in the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb during World War II
This Landing Craft Tank was used in the Medeterainian and was in action in the Greek islands where she was bombed and sunk by German Aircraft just of the coast of Kastellorizo one of the many small Islands that make up the Dodecanes.
She may have been taking off some of the many civillians at the time from the Islands, but this would make now difference to the attacking enemy planes.
In 1943 British commandos landed on Kastellorizo. They evacuated the whole population to Egypt to protect them from German air attacks. The most of them did not return, but took the British offer to immigrate to Australia.
We try here to give as full an account of her history as time and research permits, if you know of missing info
or you have any photographs of her, then please get in touch and we shall update her story as we go along.