Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships

Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Naval History Division • Washington


LST-289 was laid down on 14 September 1943 at Ambridge, Pa., by the American Bridge Co.; launched on 21 November 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Raymond Clapper; and commissioned on 31 December 1943, Lt. Harry A. Mettler, USNR, in command.

[On 28 April 1944, German motor torpedo boats S 100, S 130, S 136, S 138, S 140, S 142, S 143, S 145, and S 150 (5th and 9th Motor Torpedo Boat flotilla) attacks convoy of eight U.S. tank landing ships entering Lyme Bay, torpedoing and sinking LST-507 and LST-531 off Portland Bill, England, 50°28'N, 02°51'W; and damaging LST-289.]

>o?:ST-289 was transferred to the United Kingdom on 9 December 1944 and returned to United States Navy custody on 12 October 1946. She was struck from the Navy list on 15 October 1946 and sold to the Netherlands as Fendracht on 30 January 1947 where she was converted for merchant service in 1956.

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