On my previous ship we called them LCVPs.
I notice we call them Higgins boats on the LST 325 so I did some research.
Now I know where that name came from.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
The Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel (LCVP) or Higgins boat was a landing craft used extensively in World War II. The craft was designed by Andrew Higgins of Louisiana, United States based on boats made for operating in swamps and marshes. More than 20,000 were built, by Higgins Industries and licensees.
Men disembarking from an LCVP.Constructed from plywood, this shallow-draft, barge-like boat could ferry a platoon-sized complement of 36 men to shore at 9 knots (17 km/h). Men generally entered the boat by climbing down a cargo net hung from the side of their troop transport; they exited by charging down the boat's bow ramp.
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The web page said there is only one origial Higgins boat left in display in France.
I wonder if ours are original WW2 crafts?