The Mulberry harbours were brilliantly conceived in the spirit of “necessity being the mother of invention” and are arguably the greatest engineering achievement of the Second World War. After the failure of an Allied raid on the port of Dieppe in 1942, British Commodore John Hughes-Hallett declared that if a port could not be captured, then one should be taken across the Channel. This idea was initially met with derision. Yet, Albert Speer, Germany’s Second World War Minister of Armaments and War Production described the resulting Mulberry harbours as simple genius.
An alliance of hydrographic organizations, led by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO), are sharing their expertise and equipment during a two-week survey mission of Mulberry “B” set to take place in October. CARIS are supplying their bathymetric processing software, HIPS and SIPS, as well as their analysis and compilation software, BASE Editor, plus two dedicated computers.
“UKHO has had a long association with CARIS HIPS and the CARIS Bathy Data Base and the support of CARIS to this project is very much appreciated,”
Trish Groves, CARIS’ account manager for the United Kingdom, is pleased that CARIS can offer assistance to the project. “We are very excited to be involved. To rediscover and highlight part of our heritage is inspiring and helps promote hydrography to a wider audience,” she said.
For more news on the Mulberry Survey please visit: www.mulberrysurvey.co.uk
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