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LC3 LANDING CRAFT (LC923) (Higgins)

Lying in a depth of 32 metres, close to Merika harbour is a completely intact landing craft. Although British in design, LC923, she was captured

by the Germans at Alida and re coded as GD 05.One report states that she was scuttled after the war, but damage to her hull forward of the

starboard aft deck would suggest she was sunk by shell fire.

Developed from an original American design, this version had an armoured wheelhouse fitted above the engine, and was mainly used as a troop

carrier during assault landings. They saw action throughout the Second World War.

The Higgins type LC3 Landing craft had a

10-foot (3.0 m) wide load area at the front

and a small armoured (1/4 inch steel)

wheelhouse on the aft decking over the

engine room. It had a displacement: 52 tons

(loaded); 23 tons (empty)

• Length: 50 feet (15 m)

• Beam: 14 feet (4.3 m)

• Draft: 3 feet (0.91 m) (forward); 4

feet (1.2 m) (aft)

• Speed: 8 knots (9.2 mph) (loaded);

11 knots (13 mph) (empty)

• Armament: two .50-cal M2

Browning machine guns

• Crew: 4