“We’ve got an awful challenge here” says Martin Hobson, MD of ML (UK) Ltd, the Portsmouth firm bringing Landing Craft Tank 7074 back to life – and fit to be an exhibit at Southsea’s D-Day Story Museum. Coming from the man who led the renovations of the submarine HMS ‘Alliance’, and Dardanelles veteran HMS M33 – not to mention HMS ‘Warrior’ and ongoing works with HMS ‘Victory’- that means something. 7074 sunk, abandoned, after a final role as a night club on Birkenhead Docks – where you might find yourself popping in for “just the last one” before getting back to your ship (setting as steady a course as possible up the gangway.) Above all – it’s rust. Rust everywhere. In fact, it’s a tribute to her steel and her 1944 builders Hawthorn Leslie that she’s got this far.