Le port artificiel "Mulberry" d'Omaha Beach

Le port artificiel "Mulberry" d'Omaha Beach (HM1NXP)

Location: Vierville-sur-Mer, Basse-Normandie 14710 Calvados
Country: France
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N 49° 22.764', W 0° 54.198'

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The artificial "Mulberry" harbor at Omaha Beach

— Normandie Terre de Liberté —

En Français:
Devant cette plage, pendant six mois de 1944, un grand port artificiel, nommé le "Mulberry", a été construit et exploité. Mis en place en moins de deux semaines, il comprenait des digues de protection formées de vieux cargos sabordes et de caissons en béton armé. Des passerelles flottantes reliaient la plage à des quais flottants et des cargos accostés.
Une tempête a détruit ces installations fragiles, mais des centaines de péniches, de pontons automoteurs et de camions amphibies faisant la navette entre les cargos mouilles au large et la plage ont assuré ensuite le succès complet de l'opération.
Certains jours de l'été 1944, plus de 24 000 hommes, 2 500 véhicules et 15 000 tonnes d'approvisionnements divers sont passés par le Mulberry, un trafic jamais égalé pour un port aussi rapidement construit.
Le ponton en béton échoué à gauche est un vestige de ces quais flottants. A marée basse, des épaves de caissons en béton armé sont visibles.

English:
A large artificial harbor named 'Mulberry' was constructed and used at this beach for six months in 1944. It was built in less than two weeks and consisted of breakwaters made from old, scuttled cargo ships and reinforced concrete caissons. Floating piers linked the floating quays and docked cargo ships with the beach.
This fragile system was destroyed by a storm, but hundreds of landing crafts, self-propelled pontoons and amphibious trucks travelling back and forth between the offshore cargo ships and the beach meant that the operation was subsequently a complete success.
On some days in the summer of 1944, more than 24.000 men, 3.500 vehicles and 15.000 tons of various supplies passed through the Mulberry. This is an unequaled level of traffic for such a rapidly constructed harbor.
The beached pontoon to the left is a relic of one of these floating quays. At low tied, the wrecks of reinforced concrete caissons are visible.
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Date Added Monday, September 14th, 2015 at 5:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)30U E 652184 N 5471747
Decimal Degrees49.37940000, -0.90330000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 49° 22.764', W 0° 54.198'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds49° 22' 45.84" N, 0° 54' 11.88" W
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Area Code(s)716
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5 Rue de la Percée, Vierville-sur-Mer Basse-Normandie 14710, FR
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