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NC museum restores rare Higgins boat

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BEAUFORT, N.C. — A World War II landing craft that may be one of only 12 remaining has been restored at a North Carolina museum and returned to its owners.

The Carteret County Times-News reported that the Higgins Boat that was restored at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort was returned last week to the First Division Museum in Wheaton, Ill.

Workers at the museum’s Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center spent seven months restoring the boat. More than 23,000 of the boats were made during the war, but only 12 are believed to remain.

Nearly 100 people attended a ceremony at which the boat was turned over to representatives of the First Division Museum. Sgt. Maj. Taylor Poindexter of the 1st Infantry Division in Fort Riley, Kansas, accepted the boat.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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A World War II landing craft that may be one of only 12 remaining has been restored at a North Carolina museum and returned to its owners.

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