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LC-33: LCT-6

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HURL Artifact No. LC-33 *Denotes approximations and speculations
Name: LCT-6 Lost: Unknown
Artifact Type: Landing Craft Found: 3-Oct-2010
Nationality: USA Dive No: PIV-241/PV-746
Class or Make: Landing Craft Tank Location: Barber's Pt.
Model: Mk 6 (or possibly Mk 5) Depth (m): 863m
Purpose: Transport Tanks or Cargo HURL crew: Kerby, Price, Kelley/Cremer, Wollerman, Smith
Serial Number: Unknown Additional Dives:
Built/Launched: 1943-1944 (960)
Length: 119' 1"
Width: 32' 8"
Height: 3' 4"
Circumstance of Loss: Unknown Crew Personnel/Position: 1 Officer, 12 Crew
Reason of Loss: Unknown Crew Survivals/Fatalities: n/a
Artifact History: *LCT's 66 and 352 (Mk 5's) are both listed as sunk at Pearl Harbor April 12, 1945. LCT's 961, 963, & 983 (Mk 6's) were victims of explosions in Pearl Harbor's West Loch on May 21, 1944 along with several LST's. There is an LST and another LCT in the vicinity (LC-31 &32). Both in very poor condition. There are 2 confirmed Mk 5 LCT in the Defensive Sea Area. None of the LCT exact identities is yet known.
Artifact Condition: The vessel is inverted and lying level. The three propellers and their guards are visible and in good condition. The hull is also in good shape. The deckhouse block is laying on the seabed off of the vessel's starboard side slightly forward of midship. This would indicate that it is likely a Mk 6 as the wheelhouse was mounted on that side.
Additional Information: The LCT Mk 6 was slightly longer at 119'. The major difference was the deck house was mounted on the starboard side to allow a 14' passageway from the stern where it had a gate that would allow the deeper draft LSTs to disembark vehicles using them. In practice it was not so simple to carry out. The deck house was centered on the stern of the Mk 5.