Talk:Mulberry harbour

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Why is "artificial" italicized throughout the article? Is it a failed attempt at quotation?-- 20:23, 1 November 2006 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done - Fixed the only remaining instance of this. --BjKa (talk) 14:39, 15 April 2013 (UTC)


Can someone with the know-how sort out the spelling of harbour so that it always 'harbour' in this article, and not 'harbor'. Basically I'm seeing inconsistancies and I don't know how to fix them 17:37, 10 November 2007 (UTC)

From a quick look it seems to me that the only references to "harbor" appear in relation to Stanford's book: as Stanford is an American he has used the correct American spelling viz "harbor" Dormskirk 18:47, 10 November 2007 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done - Looks fixed to me at this time. --BjKa (talk) 14:39, 15 April 2013 (UTC)


The book by Guy Hartcup has a list of who built what & how many phoenix units and were along with the consultants and several of the firms listed are not involved (they may have taken over firms involved but that should be stated), as well as several firms not listed (credited). The materials summary list is interesting as well, with over 1/2 million cu yds of concrete, and 30,000 tons of rebar and 45,000 men being examples. (I have to see when i can get back to fix it, as a few others in the Q) - BulldozerD11 (talk) 23:57, 14 October 2008 (UTC)

Probably the best thing would be for you to list the firms from the book, and then by a process of elimination we can work out where the rest fit in to the story. Nick Cooper (talk) 17:51, 15 October 2008 (UTC)
Here is the full list from Hartcup:

I don't know if this helps. Dormskirk (talk) 21:02, 16 October 2008 (UTC)

I have added some additional information on the list of contractors. John Godden (talk) 06:38, 16 April 2010 (UTC)

Further amendments to contractors - names as at the time of the construction of the Phoenix Caissons. List take from “Phoenix” by Cyril Raymond James Wood, M.I.C.E. published by the Institution of Civil Engineers, London. The list of contractors in this paper does not include Parker. John Godden (talk) 20:52, 29 April 2010 (UTC)

Pauling & Co - one of the main contractors constructed nine major Phoenix floating sections - six A1 and three A3 -in the Graving Dock at Southampton. In addition they built two large units in the Palmers Dry Dock at Swansea, as well as two smaller units at Barking in Essex. [1]. User: George Tabor — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:01, 17 June 2014 (UTC)

So what happened to Mulberry B[edit]

I dont believe the article states when the harbour off Gold Beach was dismantled; its clearly not there now, it was there then - so what happened to it; a key piece of information i think that is missing.-- (talk) 11:16, 21 November 2008 (UTC)


Could there be a diagram or some type of explanation for how these things were set up and used?Landroo (talk) 20:09, 2 January 2010 (UTC)

A 3D animation of the Mulberry at Arromanches here: [1] — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:16, 28 November 2015 (UTC)

I have to say this is a pretty poor article by wikipaedia standards; maybe material has been edited out without sufficient regard to the effect on the rest of the article? An overview of the chosen design is desperately needed early in the article (i.e.. just after the description of the three rival designs). There is minimal explanation, then suddenly we are told that the 'Gooseberries' had been assembled, and that 'Bombardons' had been towed across with no attempt to tell the ignorant (for whom this article is written) what these things are. Gooseberry is clearly a code name for something but is Bombardon a well known term to engineers or another code name?If I knew more about it I'd attempt an edit but that must be left for one of the many more knowledgable contributors, but please don't assume that we already know pretty much the story and just need a bit more detail. Erwfaethlon (talk) 20:12, 3 June 2016 (UTC)

Potential pics[edit]



Series of pics:

©Geni 23:23, 29 March 2011 (UTC)

An aerial photo-mosaic of Mulberry B here: [2] — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:47, 29 June 2016 (UTC)


Who designed these systems? I was actually looking for a link to Alan BECKET (I’m not sure how to spell his name) through this page, and am a bit surprised to see his name (like those of his colleagues on other parts of the project) appears nowhere… (talk) 23:27, 13 June 2011 (UTC)A REDDSON

It seems Ove Arup had something to do with it. --BjKa (talk) 14:39, 15 April 2013 (UTC)


Would someone in the know kindly set up a redirect from "Mulberry_harbor" to "Mulberry_harbour".

Thanks! (talk) 19:13, 9 July 2012 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done. Somebody already did that in 2004. Binksternet (talk) 21:43, 9 July 2012 (UTC)

Use of Mulberry pontons to stop the Zeeland flooding of 1953[edit]

The Dutch have used 3 pontons from this harbour in 1953 to stop big levee holes, thus making a begin with repairing the levees after the disastrous floods in 1953, that killed over 3000 people. ~~bas vossen~~ — Preceding unsigned comment added by Basvossen (talkcontribs) 00:32, 30 September 2012 (UTC)

There's a note about this at Phoenix breakwaters. --BjKa (talk) 14:39, 15 April 2013 (UTC)

Image caption[edit]

The caption for "The Phoenix breakwaters (1).jpg" currently reads "A pair of Phoenixes at Arromanches". So what's the third structure then? --BjKa (talk) 14:39, 15 April 2013 (UTC)

It looks like it may be a Spud Pier. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:09, 5 November 2013 (UTC)

Beaches rather than land?[edit]

'Offloading of cargo onto the beaches', is mentioned in the article, what is the source to say it was unloading to beaches rather than direct to hard land? SovalValtos (talk) 19:19, 9 September 2015 (UTC)

  1. ^ The Works of Pauling & Co pages 49-51