RESCUE OF A D-DAY HEROINE
20 March 2020
This was one heck of a way for a ship that hit the beaches of Normandy in June 1944 to end up… sunk ignominiously into the mud at Birkenhead docks. But that looked like the last gasp for Landing Craft Tank (LCT) 7074, just visible above the dark waters of the Mersey, after a final phase of her career hardly more dignified: as an out-of-hours dance ‘n drinking club called ‘Clubship Landfall’ – the place to go to end a night out with that final “just the one”, before tottering back to your ship or weaving your way towards a taxi to get home. After the very last lager had been consumed, and the final revolve of the glitterball, 7074 was simply abandoned and slowly, sadly died into the water. But then… along came the National Museum of the Royal Navy.
Rob is a TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN, in news, factual and documentary production. He is a four times award winner, whose awards include a coveted Royal Television Society award for his work on Channel 4 News. His association with The Maritime Foundation goes back to 1995, when he won the first Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award for a series of reports that led to a major documentary on the loss of the bulk carrier Derbyshire.
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