The Mulberry Harbour (1940s)

After checking out Southend’s wartime sea-defenses, e then had a look from the seawall at the ‘Mulberry Harbour’, split in half and stranded out in the sea. many people visit it out on speedboats e.t.c., or even walk out when the tide is exceptionally low. It was basically a concrete harbour to be afloat near the D-Day beaches, in order to work as a supply base for the allied invasion. Rumour has it this is where Canvey’s concrete barge drifted from. Unfortunatley it never made it to French waters, as http://www.southendtimeline.comtells us:

D-Day Relic – The MulberryThe Pheonix, mulberry harbour one of 135 units that were built on the banks of the river Thames. This particular unit was one of several that were anchored in the Thames awaiting movement round to Dungeness on the Kent coastline, having broken away from its anchor the Phoenix ran aground & broke into 2 pieces where it has remained.

It can be seen clearly today as this below, which is our picture (the one of it close up to the right is courtesy of


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