Class: Higgins LCM (6) – LCM (3) with six feet added to the tank deck
Type: Landing craft, mechanized
At: Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
Length: 56 feet
Beam: 14 feet, 4 inches
Draft: 4 feet, 3 inches
Displacement: 52 tons (fully loaded)
Armament: two .50 caliber machine guns
5 Water Street, P.O. Box 111
Fall River, MA 02722-0111
Fax: (508) 674-5597
Latitude: 41.7048922477, Longitude: -71.1625040737
Immortalized on the shores of Normandy, LCMs were launched from amphibious vessels and used extensively during World War II to carry personnel to and from hostile shores. They could carry as many as 120 troops, vehicles as large as a 30-ton tank, or up to 120,000 lbs. of cargo. They were extremely buoyant and had a cruising range of 850 miles at 6.25 knots. With their flat bottoms and hinged bow ramps, they could discharge troops directly onto a beach.
Battleship Cove’s LCM was powered by two 110-225 horsepower diesel engines and manned by a crew of four. LCM 56 is on display at Battleship Cove, the world’s largest collection of historic naval ships.