Thursday, October 2, 2008

SKY WATCH - LST

This is the only functional LST in the US. It is on display here in Evansville. During WWII Evansville was the largest "Corn Field" (not on a sea coast, inland) shipyard building LST'sHere a 20mm machine gun points at the sky.

40mm These are all operational. They even cranked it around to show how easy it worked.


Ships wheel. Old and worn. This LST was involved in the landings on Sicily, Italy and Normandy. It worked after the war into the 60's helping land supplies in Antarctica during the expeditions there. The US then gave it to the Greek Navy and was rescued from them a few years ago.


Engine room. They wouldn't let me go down there.


Tank deck.
They could put 20 tanks in here. The dark square at the end is the ramp door where you unloaded vehicles.

Bridge with the Greek emblem still in place.


65 year old radio. This may not work.



Soldier bunk area.
These were all along the port side between the tank deck and the hull.
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16 comments:

alicesg said...

Nice photo for SWF. Very interesting to see how the military ship looked like inside. Have a nice weekend.

chrome3d said...

You have lot of old big and ugly stuff here. Cool! 4 bunks on top of each other and only couple of chains? That looks rough.

Ivar Ivrig said...

Interesting choice. Cool shots.
Have a nice weekend :-)

magiceye said...

interesting post..

fishing guy said...

Mike: Cool views of the LST, you capture it very well.

earthlingorgeous said...

Thanks for the tour inside the ship! I love the ship wheel :) It also looks like a beautiful day when you went there.

babooshka said...

Definitely one of the most educational and original skywatch images this week.

Patricia said...

Thanks for sharing...I have never seen a military ship before...
The sky looks so nice!

Mike said...

Thanks for all of the comments on my first Sky Watch Friday. I think that life on a ship would be a mixed blessing. When you are on deck you have a beutiful view but when below decks a rathar stark environment.

imac said...

Super collection of photos Mike.

Tootie said...

I liked the collection of photos you have. Seems you have done lots of traveling.

Wren said...

Hi, Mike - Welcome to SkyWatch and to the blogosphere. It's fun to see your photos after Mary's - two different views of the same day.

Patty said...

Very nice shot. I have a post ready so stop on by

A Blog In The Rough said...

neat photos. the first one made me laugh at how the gun was pointing at the sky, yoo hoo lookie here, this is a nice sky!
thanks for the pics and the education too :)

Mike said...

Again. Thanks for all the encouragement. You will find my site will be more technical than Mary's.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Hi Mike Tom here from Sky Watch...
I like how you have set about your fist Sky Watch post and look forward to you becoming a regular... I'm also sure your blog will be of interest to many... I have a sneaky feeling you'd like my two land rovers.. I have a 1968/69 Series 2a Short Wheel Base, and a 1971/72 Series 3 Short Wheel Base... both are used daily on and off the road.. the 1969 one is at the moment awaiting a recon engine and replacement seat box being fitted..

Tom..