Andrew Higgins is a New Orleans-based boat builder and inventor that developed and manufactured landing craft critical to the success of the U.S. military during World War II. The best known was the Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel (LCVP), or Higgins Boat, used to land American troops on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day.
During the 1930s, Higgins developed the Eureka, a fast, maneuverable and rugged flat-bottomed craft. In a series of competitions with boats from other manufacturers prior to the American entry into World War II, the Eureka’s superior performance resulted in the U.S. Navy awarding contracts to Higgins Industries to build landing craft for the military.
General Dwight Eisenhower is quoted as saying, “Andrew Higgins … is the man who won the war for us. … If Higgins had not designed and built those LCVPs, we never could have landed over an open beach. The whole strategy of the war would have been different.”
Andrew Higgins Shipbuilder
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