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19 March 2010

Florida Factoid Friday

Donald Roebling, grandson of the designer and builder of the Brooklyn Bridge, developed the 'Alligator' in Clearwater. Originally intended for rescue of hurricane victims, the amphibious vehicle caught the attention of the US Marine Corps and was modified - and renamed LVT (Landing Vehicle, Tracked) - as ship-to-shore transport during WWII. Actual construction was subcontracted to a plant in Dunedin.

3 comments:

Kathy C. said...

Always fascinating! I'm going to have to share this one with hubby, he'll find it so informative.

Floridacracker said...

Neat!

SophieMae said...

Kathy, every now and then, I remember to stick one in for the guys. 8-}

FC, ain't it?! I love this stuff!