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LCT 7074

A Veteran of the D-Day Landings

NOW OPEN AT THE D-DAY STORY IN PORTSMOUTH

An incredible survivor, LCT is the last remaining Landing Craft Tank from D-Day, one of history’s most famous war time operations.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy has worked alongside experts from the world of marine archeology to restore LCT 7074. The Landing Craft Tank is now on display outside the D-Day Story Museum alongside the stories of other D-Day heroes and available to visit from Saturday 13 December 2020.

This impressive restoration was made possible thanks to a £4.7 million pound grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund which has helped save this important craft for future generations.

Find out more about the project and visit LCT 7074 at her new home in Southsea at The D-Day Story Museum.

The history of LCT 7074

LCT 7074 is a unique survivor from the Second World War. On 6 June 1944, more than 800 Landing Craft Tanks took part in D-Day’s Operation Neptune, the largest amphibious landing in history. Today, LCT is the only surviving Landing Craft Tank left from this momentous day.

This significant vessel is more than 57 meters long and weighs over 300 tons. During her time in active service she carried a crew of 12 men and her purpose was to carry troops and up to ten tanks to the beaches of Normandy.

After the Second World War, LCT had a varied history as she was repurposed into a floating clubhouse and nightclub from the 1960’s to 1980’s, however she soon fell into disrepair. She was then rescued by the National Museum of the Royal Navy in 2014 and has now been restored to how she would have looked during the D-Day Landings.

Recovering LCT 7074 from Liverpool

Watch this video to find out about LCT 7074 and how she was recovered.

Restoring LCT 7074

When she was rescued by the Museum, she was rusty, unloved and covered in barnacles! But now she is transformed after a lot of hard work and extensive research. She has received a new external paint finish which brings back her disruptive pattern used to help with camouflage, her funnel has been replaced, important electrical works carried out and her replica guns and rocket launchers have been fitted.

Watch the video to see highlights of the work undertaken to achieve this incredible restoration.

Moving LCT 7074

Once LCT 7074 had been restored, she needed to be moved from The National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth to her forever home on display outside The D-Day Museum in Southsea. 

Although the ditstance between the museums is not far, just like D-Day moving this 300 tonne ship was a complex mission.

The ambitious move took 3 days in the Autumn of 2020 and started with LCT being placed on a barge in order to be tugged out of Portsmouth Naval Base.

She then made the short journey by water to a beach near Southsea. Once on dry land, LCT was transported by road to Southsea Common.

Two refurbished tanks where then installed on her decks before she was lifted into her final position.

Watch these two videos below to understand how she was moved by barge and on land, the really help with understanding the scale and detail involved in moving such a large historical craft.

Donations

Due to the Coronavirus Crisis, LCT’s restoration project has been put at risk due to extra costs. Originally she was meant to move to her new home in Southsea on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings this year. However, due to the pandemic the move was delayed. This delay has meant that additional costs have been incurred and we now we need your help to raise an additional £75,000. You can donate to this historic project via the link below.

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