Join us for our continued commemorations for the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
In October we'll be hosting two lectures from renowned historian Stephen Fisher in the auditorium at Action Stations at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Attendees please head to the visitors centre on arrival.
The second and final lecture is on 24 October 2019 called 'The Evolution of the Landing Craft'. The presentation will last for approximately one hour with half an hour afterwards for a Q&A session.
Landing Craft Tank 7074 is currently being restored by the National Museum of the Royal Navy and, next year, will open to the public at the D-Day Story in Southsea.
Today she is the World’s only surviving Landing Craft Tank to have served at Normandy, but in 1944 she was just one of some 4,000 landing craft of several dozen different types that saw service in Operation Neptune.
This talk explores the evolution of landing craft, from the earliest designs in the early 20th century through to the myriad of specialist types constructed for D-Day.
As well as looking at the vital role these craft performed on the 6th June, it will explore some of the unique features of these vessels that are can be found on board 7074.
Stephen is an archaeologist and historian and has studied a number of aspects of D-Day in his career. Coming from a maritime archaeology background, Stephen has previously researched thousands of Great War wrecks along the south coast of England and was involved in the rediscovery of two German First World War destroyers in Portsmouth Harbour.
With a lifelong interest in Operation Neptune, Stephen has investigated the full extent of archaeological remains associated with D-Day in the Solent, including Mulberry Harbour construction sites and the PLUTO pipeline. Around the wider British coast he is investigating the construction of the numerous embarkation hards that were crucial to the success of the invasion. Additionally, he has investigated a number of landing craft involved in D-Day, including shipwrecks both on the south coast of England and off the coast of Normandy.
At present he is the senior archaeologist and historian for Landing Craft Tank LCT 7074 during her restoration by the National Museum of the Royal Navy, and is writing a book on Motor Gun Boats.