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LCT 7074 | Part 1 | Partying and Preservation

We've put together a three part series on LCT 7074 to update you on her history and journey to her new forever home at the D-Day Story.

Here's part one, join us over the next few weeks for parts two and three.

Part 1 - Partying and Preservation 

Some of you may have heard about LCT 7074 as a unique survivor of the D-Day Landings but did you know that after the Second World War the ship had a completely different life?

In 1947, LCT 7074 was saved from the scrap heap by the Merseyside Master Mariners Association who turned it into their social club. Pictured below is the ship in Liverpool’s Canning Dock immediately after its conversion to ‘Clubship Landfall’, as it was soon to become known. Reading rooms, stewards' living quarters and a bar and restaurant were created by building over the ship’s tank deck.

On 20 December 1949, the Association held a Christmas party on the ship for 140 children from the Royal Liverpool Seamen’s Orphan Institution. This comprised of a film showing followed by games and singing.

Eleanor Reakes’s father was a member of the Merseyside Master Mariners Association and she remembers visiting the ship with him in 1959.

The ship “…looked pretty battered, she looked as if she'd been well used. That's outside, inside she was very comfortable but she was shabby, like a gentleman's club, easy chairs, a nice little bar, newspapers if you wanted to read them…”

The ship was “…where old mariners and young mariners could go, and they could talk about the glory days, and about what was happening, and put the world to rights.”
Extracts from an oral history interview with Eleanor in 2019.

Unfortunately, dwindling membership forced the Association to sell the ship to Compass Catering in 1971. However, this was on the condition that their members could continue to use it at lunchtimes.

LCT 7074 was conserved by the National Museum of the Royal Navy, in partnership with Portsmouth City Council and can now be explored as part of a visit to the D-Day Story.

Keep an eye out for parts two and three of this blog series to find out more about LCT 7074.

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