TQ5180 : Ferro-concrete barges, Rainham waterfront

taken 13 years ago, near to Rainham, Havering, Great Britain

Ferro-concrete barges, Rainham waterfront
Ferro-concrete barges, Rainham waterfront
These barges are made largely of concrete set in a steel framework. Contrary to what the Havering Council notice says nearby, I have found no evidence that they were used in connection with the D-Day landings or the construction of Mulberry harbours.

What we do know is that 200 were commissioned in 1940 to serve as petrol carrying barges (the so-called PB200s). They were engineered by Mouchel, and constructed by Wates (using pre-cast panels built by Marley). These same companies, along with others, performed similar roles for the Mulberry harbours. The barges weigh 160 tons and were constructed on the London dockside before being craned into the water by the giant PLA Goliath crane.

For some years after the War such barges were used for supplying fresh water to naval ships.

There is still some discussion about the origin and use of these barges and no account seems to be accepted as definitive. Were they, for example, ever actually used or weren't they? For more about these concrete barges and others visit LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Saturday, 25 October, 2008   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 26 October, 2008
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Boat or ship > Barges   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 515 801 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:29.9721N 0:10.8915E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 516 801
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