In early 2013, PARLA purchased a LARC V
We are all aware of the water level situation—projections are for an additional 6 inch drop before it will begin a half decade of slow rise to normal levels. That particular period coincides with our expected most active restoration and visitation period. Starting with the MLAP grant and its related $30,000 expenditure to establish and plan for the future of the Port Austin Reef Lighthouse, our Architect as well as the GSA recognize the critical ability for us to be able to have dependable transport with a platform which will support the equipment and materials necessary for the upcoming restoration. Barge possibilities have evaporated with the water levels. Following restoration, if our vision is to be reached, temporary or regular occupancy visitation will absolutely require the safety of transport which is less dependent on weather, and can respond to the unique topography approaching the lighthouse base.
Only one type of equipment can successfully transition between shore, deep water, and shallow rock bottom carrying sufficient capacity to accomplish what will be required—an amphibious type vehicle/boat.
What is a LARC V?
LARC-V (Lighter, Amphibious Resupply, Cargo, 5 ton), is an aluminium-hulled amphibious cargo vehicle capable of transporting 5 tons or 28 passengers. It was developed in the United States during the 1950s, and is used in a variety of auxiliary roles to this day.
In addition to the United States, Larc-Vs have been used by military forces in Australia, Argentina, Portugal, The Philippines and Iceland. Approximately 968 were made. About 500 were destroyed, most by scuttling during the American withdrawal from South Vietnam. About 200 have been retained in US military service, Roughly 100 are privately owned and mostly used for tourism operators including a number of LARC vehicles is in use on Iceland for tourist trips on the Jökulsárlón ice lake and four LARC-V’s used in Halifax, Nova Scotia for city and harbour tours.