Prototype test site for the Mulberry Harbour, Cairnhead Bay, Dumfries and Galloway.

AddressCairnhead bay, Newton Stewart DG8, UK
CountyDumfries and Galloway
Location typeOther
AccessPublic Access
Site Ownership and Access InformationLocated just off the coast of Cairnhead Farm, the Bay can only be seen from a further North location along the B7063 road.
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The prototype used at this site would go on and be used on the site of the Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches. It consisted of a ‘Spud’ pier head with a floating roadway (Whale) and could be raised or lowered, which was the key to its success.

The ‘Whale’ was key to creating an instant supply chain to the forces now afoot in France, and would act as the ideal location to ship cargo and troops across the Channel for many months to come following D-Day.

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