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When you think of a shipyard, a picture of some port along a coastline comes to mind. During the busy times of the World War II era, shipyards were also built inland to meet the heavy wartime demand. Affectionately called Large Slow-moving Targets, the L-S-Ts, in their day were actually a new “state of the art” landing craft that helped turn the tide of World War Two. The return of one of these odd looking ships to the region has brought this chapter of history full circle. This particular ship was built at the inland shipyard in Evansville, Indiana and has finally returned to its home-port after over sixty years. The story of this maritime workhorse begins during the darkest days of the war in Europe as British soldiers used a rag tag armada to flee the beaches of Dunkirk.

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