Note these three hulls, which we’ll call A, B, and C. The identical arrangement of the “openings” in the bow are two smaller hawses on either side of a larger, more substantial one dead center. Each also has a sturdy round or octagonal “coaming” with some unusual railing work. Also, C has a single “davit post.” In the background of many of the fotos in this post, the toppling wooden house of Ned Moran (see last foto at that link) intrudes.
With many thanks to Jeffrey Schurr, I got pointed in the direction of navsource.org. The two bottom fotos here by Ed Storey make the case for me. And that got me here . . . read the second paragraph from the end under the section “surviving LCIs.” Jeff calls my “exhibit B” LCI (L) 119, built at Hingham Bethlehem in 1944. Here a section from the “development” section of that last link: “The original British design was envisioned as being a “one time use” vessel which would simply ferry the troops across the English Channel, and were considered an expendable vessel. As such, no troop sleeping accommodations were placed in the original design…” If B is LCI (L) 119 . . . what are A and C?
Wow! Thanks much, Jeff. Also, again, much gratitude to James, Ed, and Gary.