Mulberry Revealed

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cloudbuster

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I wonder if the Droggies are fine-tuning their kit for future survey work on the 'Richard Montgomery'?
 

hotel_california

LE
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This one?
montgomery_area1.jpg
 
Actually, are the pointy ones not Mullberry sections but concrete barges, which are something quite different?
 
The concrete barges were rectangular and had no 'pointy' ends.

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The rounded ones were likely the pontoons. One rests on the beach at Arromanche.
 

Grumblegrunt

LE
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are both harbours there or just the american one - the one they didn't think need fixing to the ground properly before the storm came along and wrecked it?
 

Grumblegrunt

LE
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there's a load of wartime vintage concrete barges amongst the hulks at purton with a couple sunk in the canal next to the river.

I think they were cargo carriers rather than mulberry kit.
 
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cloudbuster

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are both harbours there or just the american one - the one they didn't think need fixing to the ground properly before the storm came along and wrecked it?
The Amercican one's off Duinkerke as a result.
 
Actually, are the pointy ones not Mullberry sections but concrete barges, which are something quite different?
I thought the pointy ones were the Richard Montgomery, parked near Southend.
 


Looks a bit pointy to me.
Indeed. But is it made of concrete ? The rectangular ones are concrete breakwaters which also housed some ack-ack guns. They appear to be the ones shown in the first scan - but i may be wrong......

All of the pontoons were dismantled by the French and used for other things until eventual scrapping IIRC.

Where was that photo taken ? Doesn't look like Arromanche to me.
 
are both harbours there or just the american one - the one they didn't think need fixing to the ground properly before the storm came along and wrecked it?
I understood that the US harbour was damaged beyond repair in the storm in the first week post D-Day and bits were used to repair the Brit harbour at Arromanche. I'll consult my Mulberry reference books tonight ;-)
 
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cloudbuster

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Concrete barges for use on inland waterways were quite common, with the concrete sprayed onto a metal mesh armature. At one stage it was a method used for building yachts, too.
 

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