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During the lead up to D-Day, large numbers of precast concrete caissons were built, known commonly as Mulberry Harbours (although there were actually 9 different types - Corn Cob, Gooseberry, Mulberry (A & B), Golden Arrow, Bombardon, Pheonix, Whale, Beetle and Spud). These were built along stretches of the southern coast of England quickly and efficiently in preparation for being towed across the English Channel and formed up into massive ports along the Normandy Beaches. Many are still seen on both sides of the Channel (eg Portland Harbour, Pagham Harbour).


The stretch of coast at Lepe was a manufacturing site and caissons were cast on the beach which was prepared with large wooden rollers and concrete ramps so that when the massive structures were ready they were launched into the shallows and then moored to massive iron mooring bollards.




Looking up the beach at caisson mooring bollard

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