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Joined: August 26th, 2003, 7:37 am

December 3rd, 2003, 3:13 pm #1

What size engine was normally installed in the LCVP?
Remember a movie where four LCVP's towed a ship to
the beach after engine failure...Thing it might have
been "Away all Boats" but not sure. Seem to remember
something about the "Children (LCVP's)" caring for
the "Mother (the ship"."
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Joined: December 4th, 2003, 1:48 am

December 4th, 2003, 1:48 am #2

Gray Marine or Detroit Diesel 371(?);

Also, I have a copy of "Away all boats" w Jeff Chandler -- released about 1955-56; it was shot off Vieques, and I remember seeing the "famous sailboat" with the Red Sail during LST 1161 (USS Vernon County) operations with Marines at Vieques in early 1955.

There aren't any LST shown in the movie -- asume the director managed to cut them out during production. There is a seine showing 4-LCVT towing the "Belinda" APA-22 after koma-kasi at Okinawa, but you can't depend on the mother-ship hull numbers.

I'd be willing to loan "Away all boats", but again, you won't see your ship -- or mine in the film.

Bill Spencer, former Engineer, LST 1161 (USS Vernon County)
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Joined: August 26th, 2003, 7:37 am

December 4th, 2003, 9:09 am #3

Yep that was the movie..looked in my collection and I have a copy of Away all Boats. The Bellinda was what
I remembered. I understand from reading some of the
history files of WW2, that it was not uncommon for
the LCVP's to tow stricken LSTs to safe harbor after
attacks.
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Joined: August 26th, 2003, 7:37 am

December 4th, 2003, 9:16 am #4

Gray Marine or Detroit Diesel 371(?);

Also, I have a copy of "Away all boats" w Jeff Chandler -- released about 1955-56; it was shot off Vieques, and I remember seeing the "famous sailboat" with the Red Sail during LST 1161 (USS Vernon County) operations with Marines at Vieques in early 1955.

There aren't any LST shown in the movie -- asume the director managed to cut them out during production. There is a seine showing 4-LCVT towing the "Belinda" APA-22 after koma-kasi at Okinawa, but you can't depend on the mother-ship hull numbers.

I'd be willing to loan "Away all boats", but again, you won't see your ship -- or mine in the film.

Bill Spencer, former Engineer, LST 1161 (USS Vernon County)
There never was a APA-22 on the list of hull numbers
issued during WW2.
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Joined: August 28th, 2003, 8:58 pm

December 4th, 2003, 10:09 pm #5

Gray Marine or Detroit Diesel 371(?);

Also, I have a copy of "Away all boats" w Jeff Chandler -- released about 1955-56; it was shot off Vieques, and I remember seeing the "famous sailboat" with the Red Sail during LST 1161 (USS Vernon County) operations with Marines at Vieques in early 1955.

There aren't any LST shown in the movie -- asume the director managed to cut them out during production. There is a seine showing 4-LCVT towing the "Belinda" APA-22 after koma-kasi at Okinawa, but you can't depend on the mother-ship hull numbers.

I'd be willing to loan "Away all boats", but again, you won't see your ship -- or mine in the film.

Bill Spencer, former Engineer, LST 1161 (USS Vernon County)
I found a 1944 tech manual "Instruction Manual, Gray Marine Diesels Model 64-HN9, Propulsion Engines for LCVP", that's on it's way to the ship now. That should have some good specifics inside. Hope that helps. Erik
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Joined: August 26th, 2003, 7:37 am

December 4th, 2003, 11:09 pm #6

Thanks...am sure the guys on the ship can use the info
to get the rest of the engine up and running.
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Joined: September 24th, 2003, 4:45 am

December 5th, 2003, 2:46 am #7

What size engine was normally installed in the LCVP?
Remember a movie where four LCVP's towed a ship to
the beach after engine failure...Thing it might have
been "Away all Boats" but not sure. Seem to remember
something about the "Children (LCVP's)" caring for
the "Mother (the ship"."
I thought the engines for a number of the craft were sent out to a local college for rebuild by the students.
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Joined: August 26th, 2003, 7:37 am

December 5th, 2003, 5:54 am #8

This is true..I think one or two are actually back
at the ship
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Joined: September 24th, 2003, 4:45 am

December 5th, 2003, 6:29 am #9

Yes, I know fat chance they are going to want their collector pieces being rammed around.
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Joined: August 26th, 2003, 7:37 am

December 5th, 2003, 8:18 am #10

One day there is ahope that all five LCVP's will be
sea worthy and operatioanl. During the last summers
trip up the Mississippi, they had one LCVP in the water
and had a ball.
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