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Old 25-03-08, 22:02
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Default LCT 7074 Landfall at Birkenhead: risk of being scrapped

I have been wanting to give Landing Craft Tank 7074 some attention on the forum, for a long time.

Although WW2 vehicles are more my cup of tea, landing craft and ships related to D-day have always had my interest. About two years ago I heard about the last Surviving British LCT mk3 that was at risk of being scrapped.

The craft in question is LCT7074, which landed at Gold beach and successfully delivered 9 of its 10 tanks. After making several re-supply runs in the weeks after D-day, the decision was made to convert the LCT into a repair ship. Before this conversion was completed the war ended. After the war the LCT survived as an exclusive club ship in Merseyside and renamed “clubship Landfall”.

At some stage the craft became part of the Historic Warships Birkenhead collection and found a spot in East Float awaiting restoration.

In early 2006 the Birkenhead museum was forced to close down, due to redevelopment of the area.

Although efforts are/were being made to save other ships from the Birkenhead collection, like U-boat U534, Falkland veteran HMS Plymouth and submarine HMS Onyx, there doesn’t seem to be too much interest to save the LCT. The Onyx seems to have been saved in the meantime, but the faiths of other items from the Birkenhead collection remain unknown.

Are there any MLU members that know more about the current situation in and around Birkenhead? Is the LCT still there?

As often is the case, any attempt of saving, moving and/or restoring these sort of objects could prove to be very expensive, but it would be a shame to see the LCT being scrapped.

Ideally it could form a nice base for a D-day related museum on the UK southcoast or in Normandy (maybe even in company of some of the LCA’s that seem to “survive” in the UK and were displayed on MLU before)



The LCT can clearly be recognized on Google Earth as the following pictures show, but you never know when those pictures were taken.


Alex

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http://evans-experientialism.freeweb...tocontents.htm


http://www.maritimebritain.co.uk/risklist.html
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Old 25-03-08, 22:51
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There are two photos on:-

http://www.photoboxgallery.com/Marit...onNews/3208718

I cannot find a date to the photos though.

There is another mention of LCT 7074 here seems to be quite recent, within the past 3 months:-

http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/...p=1708931.html

LCT 7074 is stated as being part of the core collection here:-

http://nationalhistoricships.org.uk/...g%20Vessel

And here is an LST that will be closer to Canadian hearts, built at Esquimalt:-

http://nationalhistoricships.org.uk/...ssel/vref/1789

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Old 25-03-08, 23:16
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The LCT can clearly be recognized on Google Earth as the following pictures show, but you never know when those pictures were taken.
I took a look on both Google Maps and Yahoo Maps to see what could be found. There is little difference between the two of them, and they are almost identical to the pics that you posted Alex.

But looking on Multi map, there is a difference. She seem to have been moved alongside and slightly astern of what I take to be HMS Onyx (?)

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Old 14-05-08, 14:21
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Paul,

I agree. It seems the Birkenhead collection has been moved closer to eachother, probably to enable the area around it to be developed.

Over the past few weeks I spent some time looking for landing craft survivors on the internet, LCA's, US LCT's, LST's and British LCT's. It seems that while I was conserned about LCT landfall, a few other "surviving" British LCT3's and 4's have been scrapped in my own country over the past few years.

Below are some examples, some barely modified, others hardly recognizable. I was surprised that some of them survived (and some still survive) in Holland, because we tend to "clean" our country, which saw several old army trucks disappear and even Sherman range targets being scrapped.



"De Kil" (LCT 3) scrapped only two or three months ago!!!!




Pictures: "Hans" www.kustvaartforum.nl



"Rio 2/ Trio2" (LCT 3) scrapped in 2000 after stranding.

Picture: www.kustvaartforum.nl



"Bogy" (2 LCT 3's welded together!) After an accident when loading, which killed the captain. The ship was scrapped in Belgium somewhere around 2002.



Pictures: "Piet Bieze" www.kustvaartforum.nl





"Jabo" seems to be stilll in business. I have only seen one picture, which makes it hard to determine, but I recon it is based on a LCT3.

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Over the past few weeks I spent some time looking for landing craft survivors on the internet, LCA's, US LCT's, LST's and British LCT's. It seems that while I was conserned about LCT landfall, a few other "surviving" British LCT3's and 4's have been scrapped in my own country over the past few years.
Alex, amazing info, never realised this.

Here's another to add to the Higgins survivor's list, it used to be located on a roundabout at Shoreham - see Whats The Last Thing You Expect To See On A Roundabout?

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Does anyone have any recent information regarding the fate of LCT 7074? Is it still there???? (Anyone interested in a trip across the channel, next June? )

It seems U-boat U-534 from the same Historic Warships collection has been adopted by Merseytravel. It has been cut in three sections and forms part of a new exhibition.

http://www.merseyferries.co.uk/u534/news.aspx



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Hi Guys I'm new to MLU usually spend my idle time on G503 as I have a 1943 GPW but I saw this in my local rag & done a search & ended up here, so thought you may be interested.

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liver...0252-25966368/

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Old 23-03-20, 19:16
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Not much news to report, but here's an update:

“D-Day landing craft tank in 'much better condition' than expected following restoration works”: https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/po...-works-2504131

The LCT 7074 before restoration works:
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Artist impression of final resting place of The National Museum of the Royal Navy's LCT 7074 outside the D-Day Story Southsea:
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Thanks Hanno.

I am checking the interwebs from time to time, but apart from the pictures and footage taken when the LCT had just been put indoors, I can't find any update pictures. Should be a good surprise though!

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She was scheduled to be finshed by D-Day +75 - well that didn't happen....

Note that she "will be restored to her original glory, becoming the ‘missing piece in the jigsaw’ for the newly-revamped D-Day Museum in Southsea", but also that "she is too large to move by car and sea to the museum, she will be taken apart into smaller pieces, driven to the seafront and then reassembled."

It should become a sight to be seen, with a Sherman and a Churchill tank on its deck.
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