Ship’s Data

Jerome Official Navy Photo_1Specifications:

As reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945.

Displacement: 1,625 t.(lt): 4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)

Length: 328′ o.a.; Beam 50′; Draft (light) – 2′ 4″ fwd, 7′ 6″ aft; (sea-going) 8′ 3″ fwd, 14′ 1″ aft

(landing) 3′ 11″ fwd, 9′ 10″ aft (landing w/500 ton load)

Speed: 12 kts. (maximum)

Endurance: 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons

Complement: 7 officers; 104 enlisted

Troop Accommodations: 16 officers; 147 enlisted

Boats: 2 LCVP

Cargo Capacity: (varied with mission – payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)

Typical Loads

One Landing Craft Tank (LCT), tanks, wheeled and tracked vehicles, artillery, construction equipment and military supplies. A ramp or elevator forward allowed vehicles access to tank deck from main deck

Additional capacity included sectional pontoons carried on each side of vessel amidships, to either build Rhino Barges or use as causeways. Married to the bow ramp, the causeways would enabled payloads to be delivered ashore from deeper water or where a beachhead would not allow the vessel to be grounded forward after ballasting

Armament: (varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was

  • 2 – Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
  • 4 – Single 40MM gun mounts
  • 12 single 20MM gun mounts

Propulsion: Two General Motors 12-567, 900hp Diesel engines; two propeller shafts; twin rudders