Aft Crew Quarters and Wing Deck Berthing Compartments
the mid-50’s the berthing was “officially” listed at 252 bunks.
Of course, we all know that some enterprising sailors created their own
sleeping accommodations in various locations aboard ship.
In general, the breakdown was:
arrangement permitted bunking for 9 crew officers, and 108 crew enlisted.
The troop accommodations were for 9 senior officers, 9 junior officers,
and 116 enlisted. During the
mid-50’s, many of the LSTs had about 6 officers and about 90 enlisted persons
comprising the crew.
The ship’s crew/troop compartments were approximately 23 ft x 9 ft, and with
the crew compartment in the aft-section having an average size of 35 ft x 36
enlisted personnel bunks were a rectangle formed of tubular metal construction,
had a strong canvas with grommets a few inches smaller than the frame dimensions
lashed by a line (rope) to the metal frame, and a 4-inch cotton-filled mattress
laid on top. The crew’s bunks
were grouped in tiers of 3 bunks high, suspended in hangers on the bulkhead, and
by chains on the inboard side at the head and foot ends.
All 3 bunks could be folded up, in unison, toward the overhead (ceiling)
and held there by means of a hook. The
phrase used would be to “trice-up” bunks, and it provided more compartment
room during non-sleeping hours. Each
crew compartment had 3 sets of 3-tier bunks per compartment, mounted on the
outside bulkhead (wall). On the
inner bulkhead, the lockers were mounted, with some of the deck (floor) space
being used up by motor-generator sets (MG sets), etc., and the ductwork and
electrical cabling were mounted on brackets to the overhead.
First picture is the metal label on a troop compartment (explanation of labels). Second and third pictures are of a wing deck berthing compartment and lavatory. (click for larger picture)
bunks in the aft compartment were in all likely hood arranged in four
sections. One row along each
bulkhead (starboard and port), and two double rows mounted to the stanchion rows
in the center area of the compartment. (4-tier
was 116 bunks; 3-tier was 75 bunks)
First picture is the metal label on the aft crew compartment (explanation of labels). Second shows the aft crew compartment. The original bunks have been removed and replaced by the Hellenic Navy. (click for larger picture)