The engineering and subsequent construction of the “Bombardon” floating break-waters was an important episode in the historical development of floating break-water technology. These floating structures were elements in two artificial “Mulberry” harbors constructed along the coast of France for the D-Day invasion in June 1944. The “Bombardon” floating break-water, which is discussed in detail in Lochner et al. (1948), consisted of a steel structure in the shape of a Maltese Cross with a 7.6 m beam, a 5.8 m draft, and a total height of 7.6 m. The breakwater units were constructed in 61-m lengths and placed with a 15.2-m longitudinal gap between each unit. The breakwaters were constructed in two lines, roughly 244 m apart, to obtain the desired wave height reduction.


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