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Red7 Marine D-Day find

As the 75th anniversary of D-Day approaches leading marine construction and renewables firm, Red7Marine, will be reflecting on their part in the successful recovery of several historic kite anchors which were designed for the Mulberry Harbours in the D-Day landings. The anchors were retrieved from the Isle of Wight foreshore in time for the commemorations of the historic events of 6 June 1944.

The anchors were designed by civil engineer, Allan Beckett MBE, who also designed the ‘Whale’, a floating roadway which was integral to the successful installation of the Mulberry Harbours. The invention played a crucial part in supporting the D-Day landings as a floating road to unload cargo and troops.

Few of the anchors survived after the Normandy landings of June 1944, however Red7Marine was 
involved in the salvage project to recover the remaining anchors from the Isle of Wight.

Working for the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Red7Marine successfully recovered the anchors from the Isle of Wight and safely transported them to the Mary Rose Trust for conservation to preserve these important items of maritime history.

Nick Offord, Chief Executive at Red7Marine commented: “We were delighted to be involved in this prestigious project reflecting the maritime history of Britain. Allan Beckett’s invention is widely considered as one of the greatest engineering inventions of World War Two and it was amazing to play a part in the kite anchor’s history. Red7Marine’s experienced, diverse team has the ability to carry out over-water operations and it was a pleasure to be involved in retrieving these historic items.”

Tim Beckett, Director, Beckett Rankine adds: “The Beckett Family is delighted with the salvage of these Kite anchors from the bed of the Solent. Until recently we have only been aware of a single surviving Kite anchor, which is in a private museum in Normandy.”

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