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Ships of the U.S. Navy, 1940-1945

Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel (LCVP)
aka: "Higgins Boats"

Essentially an improved LCV with steering control and gunners' cockpits in the hold. Standard design which supercedes LCV in production.

Additional Resources

  • Andrew Jackson Higgins and the Boats that Won World War II, by Jerry Strahan (ISBN: 0807123390)
  • History of U.S. Marine Corps Operations in World War II, Vol. I, Chapter 3: The Development of Landing Craft
  • Higgins Boat Project (reproduction built for National D-Day Museum)

  • Displacement: 18,000 lbs. (light)
  • Length: 36'3"
  • Beam: 10'10"
  • Draft: 3' aft, 2'2" forward
  • Speed: 9 knots
  • Armament: 2 .30-cal m.g.
  • Complement: 3
  • Capacity: 36 troops or 6,000 lb. vehicle or 8,100 lb. general cargo
  • 225 hp. Diesel (gray) or 250 hp. gasoline (Hall-Scott) engines

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