Day 66 mile 66: Don’t fall in. Today finds me running around Conwy Marina/Morfa. It’s a beautiful place, where the rigging of anything up to 500 boats chatter and chime in the wind. In amongst the trees of the masts cormorants wait for fish to surface and the turbines of electricity generators spin frenetically, facing into the wind with the gulls.
As is usually the way with settlements by the sea Conwy Morfa has a rich history, one of the better documented being that of the Mulberry. ‘Mulberry’ was the codename for a project during the Second World War to build parts for two harbours which would be floated to northern France to as part of the D-Day operations.
The scheme was the brainchild of civil engineer Hugh Hughes (1902-77) who foresaw that the Allies would need to build harbours from prefabricated components on distant beaches because the established French ports were too heavily guarded. This was brought to the attention of senior officials Hughes’ brother, a Royal Navy commander.
From 1942 to 1944, almost 1,000 men worked at Conwy Morfa, and on the beach, building the Mulberry harbours. Among them was Oleg Kerensky, son of the former prime minister of Russia who was succeeded by Lenin. The structures were towed to France and linked to form two harbour walls. They helped the Allies to take ashore large numbers of vehicles, personnel, communications equipment and other supplies – vital to sustaining the frontline forces as they pushed deeper into enemy territory. After the war, Albrecht Speer (a former German minister) paid tribute to Hughes’ concept, describing it as ‘an idea of simple genius’.
Today the Mulberry is better known as the name of the Pub on the quay whose moniker celebrates Hughes’ invention.
That’s twice in one mile I had to do my shoelaces up. Good job I noticed!
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Distance: 1620.4 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
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