USS LST 325

 

Get ready to discover the last remaining WWII USS LST 325. This LST (Landing Ship, Tank) is an amphibious vessel designed to land battle-ready tanks, troops and supplies directly onto enemy shores.

August 23, 2018 – August 27, 2018

UPDATED: Open to the public for tours 11 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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 the veteran crew with an average age of 72 brought it on a 6,500-mile journey from the Greek island of Crete to Mobile, AL.

Today this ship is permanently docked in Evansaville, IN. Once a year it travels to destinations throughout the United States for people to board and tour. We are excited to bring this ship to Dubuque, the first time ever the ship will be this far north.

The following hotel partners are ready to welcome you during your stay in Dubuque:

Grand Harbor Resort – 563.690.4000
hotel julien dubuque – 563.556.4200 (Discounted Room Rates Available.)
hilton garden inn dubuque downtown – 563.585.5200
 
Gold Partners
Silver Partners
Bronze Partners
Betty Jane Candies
Kluesner Construction
Tri-State Porta Potties

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I park?

A limited number of handicap spaces will be available close to the ship. General parking will take place in the City of Dubuque parking ramp located on Bell Street, attached to the Diamond Jo Casino and Flexsteel building, just two blocks from the event site. Street Parking in the Port of Dubuque is also permitted.

Additional Parking available at the 4th Street / Five Flags ramp located on Main Street. This will require a short walk across the 3rd street bridge to get into the Port of Dubuque, approximately 5 blocks.


How long is the tour?

Group tours who will be visiting during the 9am – 11am timeframe will run approximately 60 minutes in length. This will be a guided tour.

For individuals visiting the USS LST 325, this is a self guided tour that takes between 45-60 minutes. Guides are stationed throughout the boat.


Can I sponsor this event or donate money to it outside of touring?

Yes, sponsorship levels are available and donations outside of general admission to the ship are very much welcomed. Please contact Travel Dubuque at 563.845.7698 to learn more – specifically asking for Keith, Julie or Whitney.


Can I get involved by volunteering?

Yes, volunteers will be needed every day that the ship is open while in the community. Please contact Travel Dubuque at 563.845.7698 to learn more.


Can you send me a brochure or information via mail?

An informational brochure will be created and can be sent. Please request a brochure by calling 800.798.8844 or email your information to welcomectr@traveldubuque.com.


Is there a security check point?

All bags are subject to inspection.


Accessibility

The tank deck is accessible for wheel chairs, but there is no way to get persons in wheel chairs to other decks.
There are 5 sets of ladders (stairs) that need to be used to complete the ships tour. The steps are open, so flat shoes, no heels are suggested.

There are no accessible, safe to use elevators on the ship for visitors.

As a historical ship, they are not required to be completely ADA compliant. They are historically accurate and impaired mobility is a problem for them. The tank deck has many displays and IS wheel chair accessible. They have had relatives with a go pro camera that feed back to their relative in a wheel chair as an option.

Service dogs are allowed; however, owners are cautioned that there are large crowds and that the ships surfaces  of steel decks and open stair treads are not animal friendly. Owners are also requested to clean up after their animals as necessary


Who can tour this ship and what is the max capacity of people touring at one time

The public is welcome to tour the ship during the hours of operation listed above. All ages welcomed. For groups of 20 or more, please contact Travel Dubuque at 563.845.7698.

Max capacity of guests on the ship is about 4,000 per day or 600 per hour. If it appears that there are Bottlenecks on the tour route; the admission of new visitors may be slowed to allow everyone a chance to enjoy the displays.


Group Tours: How do they work?

Private Group tours of over 20 people are welcome to tour between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.. Please contact Whitney Sanger, wsanger@traveldubuque.com. Note that the only time for large group tours available is on Sunday, August 26.


Where do admission fees go?

All admission fees go directly back to the ship to assist in operation costs, upkeep of the ship and to keep its home in Evansville, IN up to date.


Tickets / Admission: How much, when can I purchase, what payment type is accepted

  • 18 and older: $10 per person
  • 6-17: $5 per person
  • Ages 5 and under are free – NOTE Small children will have to be carried there is no accommodation for strollers
  • WWII VETS GET IN FREE

Tickets can’t be purchased in advance, only available for purchase day of.
Cash, Check and Credit card will be accepted as form of payment


When will it be in Dubuque?

  • August 22, 2018: Ship lands at American Trust River’s Edge Plaza; set up day – not open to public
  • August 23, 2018 – August 27, 2018: Open to the public for tours 11 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; group tours 9-11 a.m.
  • August 28, 2018: Departs Dubuque for next port

Where will it be docked in Dubuque?

Port of Dubuque American Trust River’s Edge Plaza (next to the Mississippi River Walk)


What is this ship?

The last remaining fully functioning LST in the country. It served in WWII, in arctic operations in the 1950’s moved on to be of service in the Greek Navy until 2000 when it was brought back to the United States where it is now docked for 11 months of the year in Evansville, IN

LST stands for Landing Ship, Tank and 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.

Today this ship is its own nonprofit and it tours the country to educate its visitors to the role of the LST in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.


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