World War II-era boat exposed at Lake Mead as water levels decline

  • 09 Jul - 15 Jul, 2022
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Mag Files

A World War II-era boat was spotted more than halfway out of the water at Nevada's Lake Mead as the lake's water levels continue to decline. The Higgins landing craft – which was previously 185 feet below the lake's surface – is located less than a mile from Lake Mead Marina and Hemenway Harbour. The boat was a popular diving destination for years before it emerged. The vessel was previously used to survey the Colorado River, then was purchased by a marina, and finally sunk to become anchor, D.J. Jenner of Las Vegas Scuba told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The boat was featured on the YouTube channel The Other Me. New Orleans-based Higgins Industries – which was owned by entrepreneur Andrew J. Higgins – built several thousand land crafts from 1942 to 1945, Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. The company created two versions of the boat – one was a personal landing craft and the other larger style was designed for tanks. Higgins Industries made the landing craft that was used during the D-Day invasion in 1944, according to KLAS. Climate change and drought have caused the lake's water levels to drop to their lowest levels, according to the AP.