Campaign veteran of the D-Day landings
LCT 7074, the last Second World War Landing Craft (Tank) in the UK and one of the last in the world, and a campaign veteran of the D-Day landings has been saved with the support of a £916,149 grant from the National Memorial Heritage Fund to the National Museum of the Royal Navy.
She was raised during a two day operation in Birkenhead in October 2014, where she had sunk, semi-derelict, at her moorings. She was transported by sea to Portsmouth and moved undercover in the Naval Base, to prepare for assessment and conservation.
In January 2015, it was announced that LCT 7074 would also benefit from part of £1M from the fines levied on banks for manipulating the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) financial benchmark.
LCT 7074 in Birkenhead in 2014, before she was raised.
LCT 7074 History
More than 800 LCTs took part in Operation Overlord, the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944, each capable of carrying ten tanks or other heavy armoured vehicles into battle. Operation Neptune was the naval dimension of Overlord, the largest amphibious operation in history, in which more than 7,000 ships and craft of all sizes landed over 160,000 soldiers on the beaches of Normandy. Of this fleet, fewer than ten are believed to survive, including LCT 7074.
Following the Second World War, LCT 7074 was decommissioned in 1948 and latterly converted into a floating clubhouse and nightclub. She was a familiar sight on the Liverpool waterfront, as "Landfall".
In the late 1990s, LCT 7074 was acquired by the Warships Preservation Trust which began the slow process of converting her back into an LCT, but went into liquidation in 2006. In her semi-submerged and visibly deteriorating state and at the urgent behest of National Historic Ships, the National Museum of the Royal Navy compiled the bid to save her for the nation.
Nelson's funeral barge
The funeral barge used to transport Nelson’s body down the Thames is preserved at the NMRN.