Post WW2 fate of 3 LSTs

Post WW2 fate of 3 LSTs

Joined: August 30th, 2016, 2:17 pm

August 30th, 2016, 2:54 pm #1

Apologies if this has been posted previously.....

The opening of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel in 1964 brought an end to the use of the ferries across the Chesapeake Bay. Some of the Virginia ferries were later used by the State of Delaware for the crossing between Cape May, N.J. and Lewis, Del. and remained in service until recently replaced by more modern vessels. A few of the smaller ferries ended their days as powered barges until they were deemed useless and


LST 63

The Motor Vessel Northampton was a twin screw diesel powered ship built in 1943 as LST #63 (Landing Ship Tank) for service during World War II. The Virginia Ferry Corporation purchased her in 1948 . She was 316 Feet long and continued in service until 1964 when the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel was opened. The Northampton Spent her last years serving as a barge with the Tidewater Towing Corp

LST 970

The Motor Vessel Old Point Comfort was a twin screw diesel powered ship built in 1945 as LST #970 (Landing Ship Tank) for service during World War II. The Virginia Ferry Corporation purchased her in 1958 and she was converted for ferry service including having her stern modified for on/off loading of vehicles. She was 305 Feet long and continued in service until 1964 when the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel was opened. The Old Point Comfort served on the Chesapeake Bay crossing until 1964 when she was sold to Delaware for service between Cape May, N.J. and Lewis, Del.

LST 510

The Motor Vessel Virginia Beach was a twin screw diesel powered ship built in 1944 as LST #510 (Landing Ship Tank) for service during World War II. The Virginia Ferry Corporation purchased her in 1961 . The Virginia Beach was converted for ferry service and had her stern modified for on/off loading of vehicles as did the Old Point Comfort. She was 327 Feet long and continued in service until 1964 when the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel was opened

Above copied form website Chesapeake Bay Ferries http://www.esva.net/~rwest/ferries.html
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Joined: May 20th, 2005, 1:46 am

September 15th, 2016, 11:00 am #2

I traveled on some of these ships when I was stationed in Little Creek Va. in the early 60's At the time didn't know they were former lst's.
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