When Pike and I were in the company of Rat and Mole ( http://bills-log.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/messing-about-with-pike-rat-and-mole.html ) last Saturday, we happened upon a fascinating floating object nestled amongst the reeds at Battlesbridge, and a little research has revealed it probably was an ex-Royal Marine LCVP. The letters stand for Landing Craft, Vehicle and Personnel. Such vessels were used by the Royal Marines for transferring assault personnel and their vehicles from ship to shore, being designed with a flat ramp at the bow that can be lowered for quick and easy access to a beach. Many LCVPs* were built by the Dorset Yacht Company at Poole in 1965.
I have since discovered that this particular Landing Craft named ‘Explorer’ is used for seal watching and bird watching at Foulness and associated islands such as Potton, Havengore and Wallasea, via creeks branching off the River Roach.
Rat and Mole were smitten by more than exciting possibilities of adventures and happenings - if only they could stow aboard this unusual water craft. No doubt when we meet again I shall hear all about them.
*I’m not sure what version or Mark it is – possibly a Mk 2.
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