Mulberry Harbour, 65 years on

by Helen Hooker March. 14, 2009 4198 views

I took a stroll along the beach at Aldwick this afternoon and discovered something there that I??d never been aware of before. When the allied troops were preparing for the D-Day landings in June 1944 they devised a way of creating a temporary harbour in order to unload the ships more quickly ?? the Mulberry Harbour. I??ve seen pieces of the concrete harbour on the beach at Arromanches in France but today discovered that there is also a large chunk of it stranded on Aldwick beach. I already knew that some sections of the harbour had been stored in Pagham Harbour, just a few miles along the coast from Aldwick. They were floated out to sea then sunk to hide them from view of the Germans until they were needed. When the time came they were drained, refloated and towed over to the Normandy beaches. This one got stuck too firmly in the sand and has been here ever since ?? almost 65 years. I guess in time the steel reinforcement will eventually be completely eroded by the sea and the concrete will disintegrate but I think it will be visible for some decades to come before that happens.

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Ania 12 years, 4 months ago

Great post!

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Marsha 12 years, 4 months ago

The clouds, sky and sea all combine with the structure to make this a great shot! Thanks for the interesting information as well.

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David Swatton 12 years, 4 months ago

Lovely shot and a nice bit of history - I didn't know there were relics of these giants still over here

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Pedro Pinho 12 years, 4 months ago

Interesting photo and story! Thank you! :)

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