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The Crete Fleet

A ‘Spud’ Pierhead
A ‘Spud’ Pierhead
The remains of one of the pontoons at Arromanches-les-Bains, Normandy
The remains of one of the pontoons at Arromanches-les-Bains, Normandy
Vitruvius and David O. Saylor, Tampa built concrete ships scuttled in Gooseberry 1
Vitruvius and David O. Saylor, Tampa built concrete ships scuttled in Gooseberry 1
A Phoenix Caisson
A Phoenix Caisson
US Navy photo Mulberry A after the storm
US Navy photo Mulberry A after the storm

The Crete Fleet is a free on-line encyclopaedia of Concrete Ships, Concrete Barges and Mulberry Harbour components. The website is a result of a five year research collaboration between Richard Lewis, based in Ireland, and Norwegian, Erlend Bonderud.

The website features regular Blogs which have detailed the history of all of the concrete ships and barges built in the U.S and the U.K. over both World Wars, and will expand over time to chart the history of over 1.800 concrete vessels built worldwide.

80th Commemoration of D-Day

Currently, Richard & Erlend are releasing a series of Blogs about the individual components of the Mulberry Harbours, both concrete and steel, and aim to have completed the series by #dday80.

Here is the link to that page!

Interestingly, two WWII, Tampa built, McCloskey Concrete Dry Cargo Steamers – Vitruvius and David O. Saylor – were scuttled in Gooseberry 1 at Utah beach, and are still in Normandy today, as indeed are other Mulberry concrete components such as Beetles, Phoenix Caissons & Intermediate Pierhead Pontoons.


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This website is a huge undertaking that has been done with the greatest eye for detail. The website is a great source for those who are interested in the concrete ships of both World Wars