The USS LST 325 World War II warship is docked right in Evansville, Indiana. This is an awesome historical treat for the whole family. This decommissioned tank landing ship from the U.S. Navy was first launched on October 27, 1942 and was commissioned on February 1, 1943. She is one of only two World War II LSTs that were preserved in the United States.
Evansville, the LST 325’s Perfect Home Port
Though she still visits other ports each year, residents of Evansville are proud to have her in their hometown. Evansville became her home port on October 1, 2005. It seems fitting that the ship is docked in Evansville, because the riverfront of Evansville was made into a 45-acre shipyard during World War II. It produced LSTs like the 325. In one week, over 19,000 people employed to produce LSTs would complete two ships each week. The Evansville shipyard was the largest inland producer in the whole nation. Evansville was only contracted to build two dozen ships at first. In all though, Evansville produced 167 LSTs like the 325 and 35 other ships as well.
Museum and Memorial
Now the warship is a museum and memorial to the brave sailors who have served aboard LSTs. Tours at the LST 325 Memorial of the historic warship are about one-hour long. The tours include a walk through of the Main Deck, the Tank Deck, the Troop Berthing, the Mess Deck, the Galley, the Wheel House, Officer’s Country, the Captain’s Cabin and the Stern. Tour guides allow questions and photographs at any point during the tour. It can get really hot aboard the warship in the summer, so they suggest that you bring water. Likewise, bundle up in the winter, because it can get cold!
If you are considering making Evansville your own “home port,” contact us today. The area is rich with history, commerce, and community and we’d be honored to help you locate the home of your dreams.