LST-393

LST-393

Joined: November 24th, 2010, 2:45 pm

August 7th, 2016, 2:49 pm #1

7 AUG 16 / 0932 hrs
Will Be making a trip to LST-393 In Muskegon, MI Monday morning. They want two dummy 20mm MG's on their stern deck just like the LST-325 bow gun tubs have. Have offer to construct the dummy 20mm MG's for them after I get to check out the mounting area on the LST-393. ON my inspection trip will get spects and photo's of 20mm implacement to be sure of mounting. The MG's will be constructed in my shop, just like the LST-325 20mm were. I'll be sure to take some LST-325 pamphlets and invite them to come see the LST-325. Take care. SARGE
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Joined: July 13th, 2016, 1:17 am

August 7th, 2016, 3:21 pm #2

Tell Rhett Sease I said Hi, nice group up there you should enjoy your trim
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Joined: April 2nd, 2015, 12:30 am

August 8th, 2016, 12:57 am #3

7 AUG 16 / 0932 hrs
Will Be making a trip to LST-393 In Muskegon, MI Monday morning. They want two dummy 20mm MG's on their stern deck just like the LST-325 bow gun tubs have. Have offer to construct the dummy 20mm MG's for them after I get to check out the mounting area on the LST-393. ON my inspection trip will get spects and photo's of 20mm implacement to be sure of mounting. The MG's will be constructed in my shop, just like the LST-325 20mm were. I'll be sure to take some LST-325 pamphlets and invite them to come see the LST-325. Take care. SARGE
I have visited the 393 several times and the main deck is just about void of anything on it. Possibly, and I don't remember, there are two gun tubs in the stern area. It was used to fairy cars and all the equipment had to be removed. It is still a very interesting visit however. LH.
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Joined: April 10th, 2016, 2:32 pm

August 8th, 2016, 4:03 am #4

I spent some time at the 393 looking it over. In many ways the ship is very interesting as it has the original generators with Superior engines and its very clean and in good shape. The heads look good and you can see a lot of what our ship would have looked liked before it was used and abused for over fifty years. The 393 was taken out of service right after WW2 and sold. It spent the next twenty-seven years in the fresh water of the Great Lakes doing ferry service for new cars. The down side of all of that was they made many changes from the original military fittings. The bow doors no longer work. The interior has had major modifications, etc. But there is so much good to see on it.

I think its good to see the 393 as some parts are very original and in good shape, like the engine rooms and heads. On the deck its pretty bare and those 20mm guns will help the look. The guns on the 325 have changed over the years. Early LST gun layouts were modified during the years. In the 1950's the 325's guns were removed for a time. In the 1960's the guns were reinstalled in the more modern arrangement with the new gun controllers being installed.

The 393 would look better with some gun tubs installed but I don't know if they have the money to invest in such a major modification like that.

Enjoy your visit, Sarge.
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Joined: November 24th, 2010, 2:45 pm

August 10th, 2016, 3:50 am #5

9 AUG 16/ 2217 Hrs
I just return from Muskegon, MI LST-393. Made contact with LST-393 staff, took a tour of the ship. They want two dummy 20mm MG's for the stern gun tubs, that use to be 40mm AA gun mount. I have agreed to construct the two dummy 20mm MG's for them just like we have on the LST-325 forward bow gun tubs. They also want me to help design 20mm MG gun tubs for the bow section, as they don't have any at all. If that works out, they want two more dummy 20mm MG's to place in those gun tubs. Show them photos of our tank deck Sherman Tank display, they are interested in that also. They have a great museum displays on their tank deck. However, it has been so cut up and changed during it's civilan service, it just don't look like a LST. We can very proud of the way LST-325 looks original as it was built and all the hard work done by our great crew to keep her that way. So that's where we stand on this LST-393 mission. Take care SARGE
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