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Lepe is a quiet hamlet lying between the Solent and the New Forest in Hampshire. Originally, Lepe was one of the largest ports on The Solent until one night in the 17th century when a great storm wiped out the harbour and the majority of the fishing community based there.


During the Second World War, Lepe became a hive of activity on four fronts.......it was used to practice D-Day landing techniques due to its similar beach profiles and hinterland; it was also one of the places where the large concrete caissons known as Mulberry Harbours (and their derivatives) were mass produced; it was an embarkation point for many troops destined for the beaches of Normandy on 6 June 1944; and it was also one of the main terminals for PLUTO (Pipe Line Under The Ocean) via Shanklin Chine (on the Isle of Wight) which supplied POL (Petroleum/Oil/Lubricants) to the Normandy beaches from mid August 1944 entailing pipelines and pumping stations reaching across the channel.


The panorama here was taken just after dawn this morning across the beach towards the remains of part of the PLUTO and embarkation staging. Across the beach, metalwork, concrete and piping are evidence of the industrial wartime past.




PLUTO at Lepe


8 images compiled in PTGui; M8/CV 28mm Ultron/ISO160

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As per usual a wonderful capture accompanied by an interesting and well researched story.


Note to self: must research more about Pluto as the whole concept, almost a 'fantastic' idea in the true meaning of the word is fascinating.



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