Operational use: Commercial barges converted to transport and embark vehicles in the initial stage of the landing. Also used as ship-to-shore lighters for general cargo.
Description: Steel "swim" barges of various dimensions, similar to the LBF and LBE. A 9'4'' stern ramp services the hold. Mark 1 designates the "dumb" barges, Mark 2 the units with engines installed. All were formerly designated by size, such as LBV (S), etc. Drawing shows LBV (M).
Dimensions: Width of hold 14'-15' - Length of hold 50' - Over-all length / width 78' / 20' - Height to underside deck 7'6''
Allow for 15% variation in class.
Capacity: (Approximate) 150 tons. Two 6-pdr. guns, 3 lorries or two 3-ton lorries, one 15-cwt. lorry, two 30-cwt. lorries.
Speed: 3-5kts (maximum)(loaded).
Endurance: 360 miles @ 5 kts.
Draft: (Average) 4'-4'6'' mean (loaded).
Armor: Concrete hull sides; 2½ plastic to gas tanks when fitted; 2 portable steel bulkheads inboard of ramp.
Propulsion: 2 Chrysler RM Gas engines, one rudder.