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Army putting boat up for auction - starting at $25

Jul. 29, 2014 - 08:46PM   |  
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A landing craft tied up at Fort Eustis, Virginia, is going up for auction Tuesday night, with bidding starting at $25.

The Defense Department is auctioning off the landing craft to the public, with bidding opening at 12 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday and closing Friday 1 at 5 p.m.

The Landing Craft Mechanized (LCM-8) boat was used by the military’s amphibious forces to transport cargo, vehicles and troops from assault ships to the beach or pier. Both the Army and Navy have used LCM-8s.

The LCM-8 vessel, also known as a Mike Boat, is 74 feet long, 21 feet wide and capable of loading 80 tons — that’s one M60 tank.

LCM-8s have been in service from 1959 to the present, used during the Vietnam War, as well as Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

This particular boat was driven into port. While it can be used for its intended purpose, it has no engines and will need be towed away via water. It’s also missing radar, radios and propeller screws, according to the Government Liquidation website.

“With a little TLC it would make a great cargo carrier, a dive boat, or even as a dinner cruiser,” Liquidity Services spokeswoman Melissa Gieringer said in a press release.

Click here for photos, bidding information and specifications.

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