D-Day

Last Surviving D-Day Tank Landing Craft Makes Final Journey

The restored craft will later be moved by crane to Southsea Common in front of the D-Day Story museum.

The last surviving tank landing craft used on D-Day has arrived in Southsea as part of its move to a museum.

LCT 7074, restored at the Portsmouth Naval Base in a £4.7 million project, is to be moved to Southsea Common in front of the D-Day Story museum.

It is the last of 800 vessels of its kind used during the Normandy Landings in June 1944.

Moving the 59-metre, 300-ton vessel has proved challenging, with an attempt on Saturday night called off due to high winds.

The LCT 7074 was floated as far as the coastline of Southsea before the accompanying tug boats were forced to tow her back to the naval base.

Restoration of the vessel was overseen by the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) and Portsmouth City Council.

Its move to Southsea had originally been planned for June.

WATCH: The craft arrives in Southsea in the early hours on Monday.

Nick Hewitt, head of collections and research for the NMRN, posted in the early hours of Monday, saying the vessel had arrived in Southsea and workers were waiting for the tide to go out.

"Amazing! Lined up, smooth as anything. The comparison to last night is incredible," he said.

"Now we wait for the tide to go out so she sits on the pad."

Once onshore, the craft will be taken to the museum via crane and will sit under a canopy.

Cover image: LCT 7074 in Southsea (Picture: NMRN).