Landing Craft, Tank hulk assemblage
Landing Craft, Tank hulk assemblage (82903)
Hulk assemblage consisting of two LCT Mk4 and an LBV from the Second World War. Records indicate the vessels were deliberately and permanently left here as a makeshift breakwater for Poole Marina sometime in 1949/50. The northernmost vessel used to bear the number 'LCT 728' and served with the British Third Division on D-Day, 6th June 1944. The identities of the other two vessels are not clear.
LCT were used to transport and land heavy fighting vehicles during the war, as well as move supplies and provide escorts for other shipping. Around 4000 landing craft were built during the war, and performed a vital role, but very few are known to still exist, particularly the larger LCT class. The Poole harbour assemblage may represent the last known examples of this particular type above the water. A Mk3 is undergoing restoration at the Royal Navy Museum in Portsmouth.
The vessels present here are at risk of destruction from planned harbour works. As part of a mitigation strategy they were recorded by UAV survey as a project by Bournemouth University in 2017. See blog post https://citizan.org.uk/blog/2017/Dec/06/poole-harbour-d-day-tank-landing-craft-last-dying-breed/ for more information.
- Modern (1901 and later)
- Period comments
Vessels all date from the Second World War. 1943 is the construction date of the vessels, 1950 is the latest possible deposition date.
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- The latest date of the feature, as a year, if known
- Monument Type - Broad
- Dock and harbour installation
- Monument Type - Narrow
- Monument Description
A dock or basin, often inland, used for mooring yachts and other small pleasure craft.
- Evidence Type - Broad
- Evidence Type - Narrow
- Evidence Description
A maritime monument where the hull of a vessel is mostly in one piece, with large pieces of the superstructure intact.
- Object Type - Broad
- Object Type - Narrow
- Object Description
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- How accessible is the feature?
- Accessible - difficult terrain, Vehicular access, Not accessible, but visible from public path/road/adjacent land
- Accessibility comments
PLEASE BE AWARE THIS IS A WORKING DOCKYARD.
The hulk assemblage lies within Poole Harbour Commission, so access is limited. There is public access to the marina if you are using vessels moored there, and foot/vehicle access to the dockyard may be granted if requested from PHC, but general access is not permitted. The hulks may be viewed when passing by on a ferry.
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- HER Event Number
- MDO 25077, MDO 25078, MWX 5215
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