Paint research on the last surviving tank landing craft from D-Day.
LCT 7074 is the last Tank Landing Craft from the D-Day landings surviving in the UK. Built in 1944, she was designed as an amphibious assault ship to transport tanks, personal and other vehicles and kit onto beachheads.
After D-Day she continued to make 32 round trips across the channel, before being re-designated to become an emergency repairs ship for use in the Far East. The end of the war meant that she never made it to the Pacific, and in 1948 she was de-commissioned.
No longer in active service, in December that year she became the club ship for the Master Mariners’ Club of Liverpool and was renamed Landfall. Between 1968-1972, she became a floating nightclub. Although minor works were carried out in the 1990’s, by the 2010’s she had fallen into disrepair and became partly submerged.
Following a grant by National Memorial Heritage Fund (NHMF), in October 2014 she was refloated by the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN), and stored in Portsmouth for much needed conservation work.
Analysis of the remaining paint layers was undertaken, with the aim of determining the original appearance of LCT 7074 as she appeared on the D-Day landings, as well as to record how the vessel’s appearance has changed throughout her unique history.
The original grey and cream camouflage scheme was identified, as well as evidence of her being repainted for her intended use in the Pacific, showing just how close she came to serving here. Remnants from her use as a nightclub were also found – included fragments of gold padded-fabric wallcovering.