Tours of the LST will take place Thursday 8/29-Monday 9/3 from 10:00 am-5:30 pm each day at Ingalls Harbor in Decatur, AL Price of admission: Adults $10; 6-17 $5.00; Under 5 Free; WWII & Korean Veterans- No Charge.
Tours are roughly 45 minutes long. The tour begins on the Tank Deck then proceeds to the Mess Deck, Galley, Stern of Ship (Guns and Anchor), Wheel House, Officer's Country and the Captain's Cabin across the Main Deck, down to Troop Berthing, and finishes back on the Tank Deck.
It includes 3 sets of stairs down and 3 sets of stairs up. You are allowed to ask questions and take pictures at any point during the tour. We recommend walking shoes, heels of any type are not advised. During the summer we also recommend carrying water during the tour (available in the Gift Shop) due to the increased temperatures onboard ship.
This LST (Landing Ship, Tank) is an amphibious vessel designed to land battle-ready tanks, troops and supplies directly onto enemy shores. Ships of this type proved to be enormously useful during times of war and peace both. This particular LST was originally known as LST-325 during the Second World War, USNS LST-325 during its arctic operations in the 1950's, and later L-144 (A/G Syros) while it was in the service of the Greek Navy. It was acquired by The USS LST Ship Memorial, Inc., in 2000, and caught considerable public attention when our veteran crew brought it on a 6,500-mile journey from the Greek island of Crete to Mobile, Alabama.