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I have a friend who has seen a photo of a Mulberry being launched and was sure the foreground shows an area of Hayling Island where he grew up. Can anyone tell me if this was where they were constructed and if anyone knows this photo apparently you can see a pub in the background.

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Wilsy,

I think they were built all over the place to be honest. The programme was too big to concentrate it all in one place, so you may well be right. I do know that there was something like 45,000 men devoted to building the Mulberry harbours! A pretty astounding figure....

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A caisson is still on the beach at Littlestone, near New Romney (I only mention it because I used to spend a bit of time at Littlestone), it was washed up there after storms broke the British harbour at Aromanche up - quite neat when you consider that Mulberry components were stored or harboured just down the road at Dungeness.

My old man went ashore in Normandy on the Arromanche harbour.

The first 2 of these links refer to the Mulberrys & Hayling Island:

http://www.hayling.co.uk/gallery/haylingphoto-221.html

http://www.hayling.co.uk/gallery/haylingphoto-223.html

http://www.24hourmuseum.org.uk/trlout/TRA22190.html

http://www.combinedops.com/Mulberry%20Harbours.htm

http://www.normandiememoire.com/NM60Anglai...sto4_p03_gb.htm

http://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/Engla...rryandPluto.htm

http://www.burnham-on-sea.com/mulberry-harbour.shtml

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If Firefly or any others feel this should be placed in another Forum please do

I have a friend who has seen a photo of a Mulberry being launched and was sure the foreground shows an area of Hayling Island where he grew up. Can anyone tell me if this was where they were constructed and if anyone knows this photo apparently you can see a pub in the background.

Hayling Island would seem to be a good contender. There is a website which has details of mulberry harbour construction going on at Hayling. CLICK HERE to see it.

Tom

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