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Old Jarhead Inactive Member04 Jan 2013 7:04 p.m. PST

I would like to know what formula is used to calculate how many men can be fitted into a transport.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian04 Jan 2013 7:11 p.m. PST

I doubt there's an actual formula, probably depends on the capacity of the transport.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2013 7:54 p.m. PST

The Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth could each carry an entire US Division, without equipment, during WW II. Use that as a base. I think Conway may have some stats on WW II Attack transports.

skippy0001 Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2013 8:20 p.m. PST

My father was on a APD in the Pacific-said they had 1500 marines for invasions.

Allen5704 Jan 2013 9:20 p.m. PST


You either have the class type abreviation (APD) wrong or the number of troops. APDs were destroyers converted to high speed transports. APD1, the USS Manley was fitted with accommodations for 120 Marines. Perhaps your father was aboard an APA which was a much larger ship. Do you know the name of his ship?


USS Manley APD1

skippy0001 Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2013 9:55 p.m. PST


APA53 USS Warren-8,355 ton displacement
2/5", 8/40mm-my father said they put .50's everywhere they could
16 knots
554 complement

skippy0001 Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2013 10:05 p.m. PST


found her-my sister has his ship book and photographs/papers(so she can pass it on)
My father said their first captain was ex-merchant marine who would'nt anchor his ship during a invasion-he would creep the ship forward so the landingcraft would have a shorter run to the beach-yup, they got in trouble big time for that but the Marines loved them for it.

Allen5705 Jan 2013 7:59 a.m. PST

Thats OK skippy, we are all getting old. Great that you have your fathers stuff. I will lift a glass to him tonight. One old navy guy to another.

Shame on the skipper :>). While it is illegal to have alcohol aboard ship my skipper bought the whole crew a beer at the end of our combat deployment. The salad bar was a huge iced beer cooler on the mess deck that night.

I see that the link you provide gives the size of the marine compliment. Old Jarhead should look around in there for the info he seeks.


Old Jarhead Inactive Member05 Jan 2013 8:06 a.m. PST

Sorry guys, I did not make myself clear, The info would be for 1900

MahanMan Inactive Member05 Jan 2013 11:15 a.m. PST

Given that the Spanish-American War is probably close enough for government work, I tracked down this handy list for you…wink

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP05 Jan 2013 12:05 p.m. PST

Great site MahanMan. Very informative.

Panfilov26 Jan 2013 3:12 a.m. PST

There was probably a planning figure based on Tonnage; dwt, gross or register? Who Knows at this date; Only the UK, US and maybe the French and Russians would have even studied or considered the issue on the basis we are talking about here.

Take a look at the Santiago expedionary force, add up all three of those figures as best you can and divide by the actuall troop lift to Santiago; Then adjust the number downward by 20-40% for any longer passage.

Old Jarhead Inactive Member26 Jan 2013 8:11 a.m. PST

Great idea, thank you

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