Kansas City Structural Steel Co., Kansas City KS

Most recent update: January 9, 2015.


The Kansas City Structural Steel Company was founded in 1907, by Howard Fitch and Olaf Smith.  The main plant was on the site of an old smelting works at 21st Street and Metropolitan Avenue, on the Kaw River.  During WWI they supplied structural steel and rudders to the Hog Island shipyard in Philadelphia.  During WWII, they built 407 landing craft for the Navy: in addition to the 85 LCTs listed here, they built LCM(6)s and LCM(3)s, but the records are not clear on the details.  To handle this output, they developed a second yard for outfitting, at a site on the Missouri River in the Fairfax district.  If anyone can provide any information about the boats they built, please e-mail it to me at timcolton@aol.com.

Hull # O.N. Navy Type Pennant # Customer Type Delivery Disposition
LCT(5) 37 US Navy Landing Craft Aug-42 To Britain as LCT 2037
LCT(5) 38 US Navy Landing Craft Aug-42 To Britain as LCT 2038
LCT(5) 39 US Navy Landing Craft Aug-42 To Britain as LCT 2039, lost 1944
LCT(5) 40 US Navy Landing Craft Aug-42 To Britain as LCT 2040
LCT(5) 41 US Navy Landing Craft Aug-42 To Britain as LCT 2041
LCT(5) 42 US Navy Landing Craft Aug-42 To Britain as LCT 2042
LCT(5) 43 US Navy Landing Craft Aug-42 To Britain as LCT 2043
LCT(5) 44 US Navy Landing Craft Aug-42 To Britain as LCT 2044, lost 1944
LCT(5) 45 US Navy Landing Craft Aug-42 To Britain as LCT 2045
LCT(5) 46 US Navy Landing Craft Sep-42 To Britain as LCT 2046, lost 1944
LCT(5) 47 US Navy Landing Craft Sep-42 To Britain as LCT 2047
LCT(5) 48 US Navy Landing Craft Sep-42 To Britain as LCT 2048
LCT(5) 49 US Navy Landing Craft Sep-42 To Britain as LCT 2049, lost 1944
LCT(5) 50 US Navy Landing Craft Sep-42 To Britain as LCT 2050
LCT(5) 51 US Navy Landing Craft Sep-42 To Britain as LCT 2051
LCT(5) 52 US Navy Landing Craft Sep-42 To Britain as LCT 2052, lost 1944
LCT(5) 53 US Navy Landing Craft Sep-42 To Britain as LCT 2053, lost 1942
LCT(5) 54 US Navy Landing Craft Sep-42 To Britain as LCT 2054, lost 1942
LCT(5) 55 US Navy Landing Craft Sep-42 To Britain as LCT 2055
LCT(5) 56 US Navy Landing Craft Sep-42 To Britain as LCT 2056
LCT(5) 57 US Navy Landing Craft Sep-42 To Britain as LCT 2057
LCT(5) 58 US Navy Landing Craft Oct-42  
LCT(5) 59 US Navy Landing Craft Sep-42  
LCT(5) 60 US Navy Landing Craft Oct-42  
LCT(5) 61 US Navy Landing Craft Oct-42  
LCT(5) 62 US Navy Landing Craft Oct-42  
LCT(5) 63 US Navy Landing Craft Oct-42  
LCT(5) 64 US Navy Landing Craft Oct-42  
LCT(5) 65 US Navy Landing Craft Oct-42  
LCT(5) 66 US Navy Landing Craft Oct-42 Sunk 1945
LCT(5) 67 US Navy Landing Craft Nov-42  
LCT(5) 68 US Navy Landing Craft Nov-42  
LCT(5) 69 US Navy Landing Craft Oct-42  
LCT(5) 70 US Navy Landing Craft Nov-42  
LCT(5) 71 US Navy Landing Craft Nov-42 Sunk 1943
LCT(5) 72 US Navy Landing Craft Nov-42  
LCT(6) 809 US Navy Landing Craft Dec-43 Sunk 1944
LCT(6) 810 US Navy Landing Craft Jan-44 To Denmark 1963 as Brage (A544), struck 1967
LCT(6) 811 US Navy Landing Craft Jan-44  
LCT(6) 812 US Navy Landing Craft Jan-44 Target at Bikini
LCT(6) 813 US Navy Landing Craft Jan-44  
LCT(6) 814 US Navy Landing Craft Feb-44  
LCT(6) 815 US Navy Landing Craft Feb-44  
LCT(6) 816 US Navy Landing Craft Feb-44 Target at Bikini
LCT(6) 817 US Navy Landing Craft Feb-44 Sunk 1946
LCT(6) 818 US Navy Landing Craft Feb-44 Target at Bikini
LCT(6) 819 US Navy Landing Craft Feb-44  
LCT(6) 820 US Navy Landing Craft Feb-44  
LCT(6) 821 US Navy Landing Craft Mar-44  
LCT(6) 822 US Navy Landing Craft Mar-44  
LCT(6) 823 US Navy Landing Craft Mar-44 Lost 1944
LCT(6) 824 US Navy Landing Craft Mar-44  
LCT(6) 825 US Navy Landing Craft Mar-44  
LCT(6) 826 US Navy Landing Craft Apr-44  
LCT(6) 827 US Navy Landing Craft Apr-44 Later LCU 827, to Greece 1959 as Skiathos (L 152), struck 1992
LCT(6) 828 US Navy Landing Craft Apr-44  
LCT(6) 829 US Navy Landing Craft Apr-44  
LCT(6) 830 US Navy Landing Craft Apr-44  
LCT(6) 831 US Navy Landing Craft Apr-44  
LCT(6) 832 US Navy Landing Craft May-44  
LCT(6) 833 US Navy Landing Craft May-44  
LCT(6) 834 US Navy Landing Craft May-44 To France 1946 as L 9093, condemned 1954 as Q8
LCT(6) 835 US Navy Landing Craft May-44  
LCT(6) 836 US Navy Landing Craft May-44  
LCT(6) 837 US Navy Landing Craft May-44  
LCT(6) 838 US Navy Landing Craft May-44  
LCT(6) 839 US Navy Landing Craft Jun-44 Destroyed 1947
LCT(6) 840 US Navy Landing Craft Jun-44 Later LCU 840, YFU 17
LCT(6) 841 US Navy Landing Craft Jun-44  
LCT(6) 842 US Navy Landing Craft Jun-44  
LCT(6) 843 US Navy Landing Craft Jun-44 Later AMCU 1
LCT(6) 844 US Navy Landing Craft Jul-44 Later AMCU 2
LCT(6) 845 US Navy Landing Craft Jul-44  
LCT(6) 846 US Navy Landing Craft Jul-44  
LCT(6) 847 US Navy Landing Craft Jul-44  
LCT(6) 848 US Navy Landing Craft Aug-44  
LCT(6) 849 US Navy Landing Craft Aug-44 To China 1946   
LCT(6) 850 US Navy Landing Craft Aug-44 Sold 1946
LCT(6) 1271 US Navy Landing Craft Aug-44 Later LCU 1271, to Taiwan 1958 as Ho Yung (L 495), struck 1978
LCT(6) 1272 US Navy Landing Craft Aug-44  
LCT(6) 1273 US Navy Landing Craft Aug-44 Later LCU 1273, to Chile 1960 as Grumete Tellez, struck 1986
LCT(6) 1274 US Navy Landing Craft Sep-44  
LCT(6) 1275 US Navy Landing Craft Sep-44  
LCT(6) 1276 US Navy Landing Craft Sep-44  
LCT(6) 1277 US Navy Landing Craft Sep-44  
LCM(3)   US Navy Landing Craft   Uncertain numbers and dates
LCM(6)   US Navy Landing Craft   Uncertain numbers and dates