Certificate no 2423
Status Registered
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Details

Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Barge
Location Purton
Vessel type Ferro Concrete Barge
Current use None
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No
Web address www.friendsofpurton.org.uk

Construction

Builder Wates Building Group Limited, Barrow in Furness
Built in 1941
Hull material Ferro-concrete
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 0
Propulsion Towed
Primary engine type None
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None

Dimensions

Breadth: Beam
21.31 feet (6.50 m)
Depth
3.44 feet (1.05 m)
Length: Overall
64.26 feet (19.60 m)
Tonnage: Gross
0.00
Air Draft
To be confirmed

History

FCB78 is one of thirty nine such Stem Head design vessels that were built during World War II. These concrete barges were the test beds for the Mulberry Harbour temporary and portable harbour system for the D Day landings. FCB 67 was beached at Purton in the Spring of 1962 as part of the River Severn and Gloucester and Sharpness canal foreshore strengthening scheme which commenced in 1909. The construction method proved the use of prefabricated concrete for military use which was realised in the Mulberry projects for the D Day landings.

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