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Default 04-03-2010, 20:35

thats wonderful another has been rescued. Now time to rescue the landing LST


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Default 05-03-2010, 16:27

Apparently this has just sunk today, how sad

AN HISTORIC Merseyside naval vessel which saw action in the D-Day landings is in danger of being lost for ever after she started sinking.

The Landfall is the last surviving tank landing craft to take place in the D-Day landings and was rumoured at one stage to be on the point of being acquired by Steven Spielberg for use in his World War Two blockbuster Saving Private Ryan.

The vessel’s future has been uncertain ever since her former owner, the Warship Preservation Trust, went into liquidation in 2006.

She is now largely submerged in the Birkenhead dock which has been her home for more than a decade.

After being taken out of military service, the D-Day Mark III Tank Landing Craft LCT 7074 was converted and used as a floating club and restaurant based at Liverpool’s Canning Dock in the 1960s and 1970s

Former joint owner, George “Jud” Evans, said: “She is the only part of our maritime history linking us to the D-Day landings.

“Most cities would prize something like that and put her on display as a tourist attraction.

“Instead, she has been laid up in a Birkenhead dock for many years and has now sunk, which is outrageous.”

Mr Evans, 75, has written a book and also has a website on the history of the vessel. He is now hoping a “Save The Landfall” campaign can be started to raise money for her restoration and berthing in the Albert Dock system as a major tourist attraction.


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Default 05-06-2010, 00:11

Here's an update of "Anne" one of the restoration projects i've been involved with.

After a race against time to get Anne ready for the 70th anniversary she was transported from Scotland down to Ramsgate to join the fleet of "little ships" sailing across to Dunkirk.

She was the only one in the fleet sporting her original engines, a pair of 1922 Alisa Craigs.

Here's a few pics of the crossing
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Mimosa & other little ships mid channel


Gaffer Stenoa went to Dunkirk in 1940 as a lifeboat‏


Anne's tired owner Kes Travers and his helmsman Dave Rogers managing their 1922 Ailsa Craig petrol engines‏


After developing a problem on her Starboard engine it was decided that Anne would be transported back by road to HMS Sultan Naval base to be put on show for a few days then taken to Hayling Island for repairs, then put to work as a tourist boat in & around Chichester Harbour.

After missing out on the 70th anniversary trip across through other commitments, I got to go over to Dunkirk to bring her home.

Anne sitting pretty in Dunkirk Harbour


Preparing for the lift


In the air


Waiting for the ferry


Safely delivered to Hayling Island


Where she can enjoy a well earned rest

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Default 05-06-2010, 20:50

what a damn shame you couldn't go over with her, but am so pleased she made the journey over under her own steam.


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stunning lines on her whats she like at sea, noticed the lack of bilge keels tho no issues with rolling
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Default 06-06-2010, 10:42

She does roll a bit Dave makes it more fun though eh ?
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She does roll a bit Dave makes it more fun though eh ?
hate rolling pisses me off n makes me spew worth it on the windward side tho making the old man duck quick as chunks come flying past in the wind
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Default 27-08-2010, 22:16

Moved another Dunkirk little ship this week, its never easy, this one was found in a barn half restored on a farm in Dorset.

History.....Rania was built by Rampart Boat Building Works in Southampton, she was built in 1938 for a Mr. McLoughlin who named her Zelia. With her length of 45ft and a l0ft 6in beam, she was a comfortable boat. She has a raked transom and a semi-clipper stern and is now powered by two Diesel engines. Originally, she had two 6 cylinder Morris petrol engines which gave her a speed of 9.5 knots.In 1939 Zelia was collected from Rampart Boat Building Works not by her intended owner, but by the Royal Navy who had need of her on H.M. service and re-named her Rania, she became part of the Royal Navy's motley collection of hastily acquired civilian ships. They served as the 'mosquito navy', which performed a great variety of tasks, as patrol boats, communications vessels and transport for naval personnel who needed to move around on the rivers and estuaries of southern England.Under Naval command, Rania took part in the Evacuation of Dunkirk, but no details are recorded. After the war Rania had four civilian owners in forty years. The 1989 owner, Ian Davidson, spent two years restoring the boat, re-named her Arkian (Ian's ark).
Fast forward to 2010 & Rania is found half restored in a barn in Dorset, new owner lives in Penrith so Sealand boat deliveries to the rescue to transport her up North...











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Default 28-08-2010, 00:01

You must love your Job, Bob. I'd love your job lol.


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Default 30-08-2010, 23:08

you have probs met my old man if you have done any delivery's to swansea marina
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