Wednesday, November 18, 2009

from "Peace"--LCI

LCI 1091 - WWII Landing Craft

The last operational LCI in the United States now serves as the Humboldt Bay Naval Sea/Air Museum. She looks virtually the same as she did when in combat more than 50 years ago.

LCI 1091 can be viewed from the dock behind the Go-fish cafe on Waterfront and Commercial Streets, or else lingering in her familiar berth at the foot of "U" Street, pretty much under the Samoa Bridge.
If you're really lucky you'll catch a glimpse of her gliding through the bay on her way to one of these two docks.

Here are some LCI 1091 stats:

•One of 912 built during WWII.
•Mission was to deliver troops and their equipment, directly on shore via ramp through bow doors; now welded over.

•Troop capacity about 200 with their gear.
•158' Long, 23' beam with a draft of approximately 5'.
•Commissioned Sept 21, 1944
•Placed on the inactive reserve in 1955
•In 1960 sold to an Alaskan fish company, reconfigured as a processing ship and worked the waters of Alaska and the Yukon River.
•Purchased by Dr. Ralph Davis in 1989 she continued to be utilized for fishing.
•After being moored just north of the Samoa Bridge for 20 years, Dr. Davis donated the ship to the Humboldt Bay Naval Sea/Air Museum in 2006.
•Dedicated members of the museum continue to work on restoring "Ten Ninety-One" (civilian name) to it's original state.

Although she is not yet "officially" open, if the flag is flying and you see a hand on deck, it's most likely that they will be willing to answer your questions.

For more info on Humboldt Bay Naval Sea/Air Museum contact:
Leroy Marsh 707.442.9333 or

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