A Tour of the USS LST 325

Tour of the USS LST 325

The USS LST 325 made a brief visit for a few days to Cincinnati, Ohio for public tours. I first observed the transport ship from afar on the Ohio River in Evansville, Indiana, a few years ago. The ship resides in Evansville most of the time. We were really excited to get the opportunity to tour the inside while it was in Cincy.

USS LST 325 tour

LST stands for Landing Ship, Tank and this ship was the largest one ever designed to drop off transport on a hostile beach. What’s even more amazing is that the LST is still operable today.


 USS LST 325

You start the tour on the lower level.

Inside the USS LST 325

One of the first things we noticed was the Greek writing as we entered the ship.

Greek writing on USS LST 325

The USS LST 325 was sold to the Greek Navy after it was no longer needed in the war. Years  later, a group of retired U.S. Veterans acquired the LST when they found out that is was going to be scrapped. One of the conditions was that the Greek writing and art had to stay. You will notice those signs and symbols along your tour throughout the ship.

Greek symbol on USS LST 325 17

The Upper Level was really interesting because we were able to observe the guns upclose and get an idea of how huge the ship really is.

Scope view on USS LST 325

Gun on USS LST 325

The LST 325 had 54 volunteers helping in a variety of ways. Make sure that you talk to them and ask lots of questions because they know so much about the ship. It’s also great to know that money used for the tours helps keep the ship in operation. It was definitely worth the $20 for the two of us to walk on such a historical ship.

Main Deck on USS LST 325

Main Deck on USS LST 325

 USS LST 325

Rivet on USS LST 325

The Jeep on display was actually used in the show MASH.

Jeep USS LST 325

Captain's Cabin on USS LST 325

Life preserver on the USS LST 325

Upper level USS LST 325 20

View of main deck of USS LST 325

Steering Wheel USS LST 325

Lettering of USS LST 325

Axe on USS LST 325

Bottom of Higgins boat USS LST 325

Gun on USS LST 325

My husband and I each have grandparents who fought in WW2. One of my husband’s grandfathers was even stationed on a ship just like this one in the war and his job was to work the gun on the upper deck. It was really interesting to get a sense of perspective for what his grandfather’s position would have been like. I can only imagine how scary it would be in battle.



signage of USS LST 325

Higgins boat on USS LST 325

upper deck of USS LST 325

axe on USS LST 325

light on USS LST 325

The LST 325 Memorial resides in Evansville, Indiana most of the year so you’ll want to check the calendar for details so that you can see it for yourself.


You can find out more about the USS LST 325 from the website. 


1 thought on “A Tour of the USS LST 325”

  1. Thanks for the pics and writeup. Wish there was some sense of scale on the propeller….12 inches or 12 feet dia ?

    Thanks again…hope to see 325 this summer……Oh that must have been a lifeboat prop

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