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HER Number:MDV105057
Name:Two slipways constructed in 1943 for Operation Overlord - D-Day.

Summary

The Second World War embarkation hards and dolphins at Torquay are visible as structures on aerial photographs taken in 1944; no slipways are visible here on aerial photographs taken in 1941. The mooring points start to have been removed or collapsed by 1947, and none are visible by 1949. The embarkation hards are clearly visible in 2012.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 918 631
Map Sheet:SX96SW
Admin AreaTorbay
Civil ParishTorbay

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 1354564
  • Torbay HER: MTO55661

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • DOLPHIN (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))
  • EMBARKATION HARD (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1941, RAF/S455, RAF/S455 V 3-4 29-AUG-1941 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352355.

No slipways are visible.


United States Airforce, 1944, US/7PH/GP/LOC147, RAF/US/7PH/GP/LOC147 F24 5016-5017 20-JAN-1944 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351618.

The embarkation hards and dolphins are visible as structures.


Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223, RAF/3G/TUD/UK223 5095-5096 12-JUL-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352279.

The embarkation hards and dolphins are visible as structures.


Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/2105, RAF/CPE/UK/2105 3003-3004 28-MAY-1947 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351151.

Some of the mooring points have gone.


RAF, 1949, RAF/58/209 Vp2, RAF/58/209 5031-5032 15-APR-1949 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352287.

The mooring points are not visible.


Channel Coast Observatory, 2001-2012, Channel Coast Observatory Aerial Photography, Channel Coastal Observatory SX9163_20120918ortho.ecw 18-SEP-2012 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351226.

The embarkation hards are clearly visible and the harbour area has been redeveloped.


Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2013 - 2014, South Devon Coast RCZAS National Mapping Programme Project Site Visit, 04-SEP-2013 (Site Visit). SDV351142.

Railings prevent access onto the slipways, which appear intact although in parts the concrete is crumbling and the reinforcing rods have started to rust.


Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R., 2013-2014, South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV351146.

The earliest available aerial photographs on which the embarkation hards and dolphins are visible as structures date to 1944; no slipways of any kind are visible here on aerial photographs taken in 1941. The dolphins do not appear to have been maintained after the war, some mooring points seem to have been removed or collapsed by 1947, and none are visible by 1949. The embarkation hards are clearly visible in 2012, by which date the harbour area to the east had been redeveloped with the ‘vanishing point’ public artwork.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV351142Site Visit: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2013 - 2014. South Devon Coast RCZAS National Mapping Programme Project Site Visit. AC Archaeology. Digital. 04-SEP-2013.
SDV351146Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R.. 2013-2014. South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV351151Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/2105. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/2105 3003-3004 28-MAY-1947.
SDV351226Aerial Photograph: Channel Coast Observatory. 2001-2012. Channel Coast Observatory Aerial Photography. Channel Coast Observatory. Digital. Channel Coastal Observatory SX9163_20120918ortho.ecw 18-SEP-2012.
SDV351618Aerial Photograph: United States Airforce. 1944. US/7PH/GP/LOC147. United States Airforce. Photograph (Paper). RAF/US/7PH/GP/LOC147 F24 5016-5017 20-JAN-1944.
SDV352279Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/3G/TUD/UK223 5095-5096 12-JUL-1946. [Mapped feature: #64517 ]
SDV352287Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1949. RAF/58/209 Vp2. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Print. RAF/58/209 5031-5032 15-APR-1949.
SDV352355Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1941. RAF/S455. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/S455 V 3-4 29-AUG-1941.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6127 - Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme (NMP) for South-West England - South Coast Devon (Ref: ACD618)
  • EDV7855 - Archaeological Assessment by EA - May 1999

Date Last Edited:Mar 25 2015 10:27AM