Recap: LCT 7074 makes her way to new home outside Southsea's D-Day Story museum

The last remaining landing craft that carried tanks to France on D-Day has taken pride of place outside Southsea’s D-Day Story museum.

Monday, 24th August 2020, 7:17 pm
LCT7074 arrives in Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, ahead of being moved to outside the D-Day Story Museum. Picture: David George

LCT 7074 has been restored in Portsmouth after falling into disrepair – after an eventful life that saw her used as a nightclub at one stage.

Now the landing craft will become a landmark in Portsmouth outside the renowned D-Day Story.

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D-Day vessel LCT 7074 makes landfall in Portsmouth

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LCT7074 towards the end of the restoration work

The vehicle, which landed on Gold Beach in the invasion of Normandy, has arrived on Southsea seafront this morning ahead of its installation outside the museum.

The vessel was towed on a barge from Portsmouth Harbour to the seafront in the middle of the night, before being brought up to Clarence Esplanade.

For the project team this was also their 'last chance' to bring her ashore, after an attempt on Saturday night was abandoned due to strong winds.

LCT 7074 landing craft

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LCT7074's structure being built this year Picture: Ben Fishwick

Live updates as LCT7074 is moved to her new home

Last updated: Monday, 24 August, 2020, 16:35

  • The landing craft is being moved to outside D-Day Story
  • Overnight she was brought to Clarence Esplanade

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We’re going to finish our live coverage here - thanks for joining us on this historic day!

Our reporter David George (who has been up since 2am!) has written his full report on today - you can read it here.

She’s being moved into place

Portsmouth South’s MP is down to watch LCT 7074’s arrival

‘Slow but steady progress’ is being made

LCT 7074 has finally reached dry land!

Great aerial view of LCT 7074

The vessel has changed so much since first arriving in Portsmouth

Want another photo of LCT 7074? Of course you do!

It has been an exciting morning hasn’t it!

Tune into our Facebook Live as they begin moving LCT 7074

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