Port-en-Bassin merged with the neighboring commune of Huppain in 1972 to form the commune of Port-en-Bessin-Huppain. With a population of 2141 (2009), it lies nine kilometres north of the town of Bayeux in the département of Calvados.
The port has been occupied since Roman times. After the foundation of the duchy of Normandy, it housed part of the shipyards of William the Conqueror as he prepared his fleet to invade England in 1066.
Port-en-Bessin was liberated on 6 June 1944 as part of operation Overlord. With effect from 16 June 1944, arrangements were in place to use the port to offload supplies of fuel much needed for the Allied war effort and the consolidation of the invasion. These allowed tankers to berth at Port-en-Bessin and discharge bulk supplies into tanks constructed on the quay side. Small tankers would berth inside the outer harbour and larger ships would anchor 1,000 yards outside the port and unload using submerged pipelines that connected ship to shore. This system was called "Tombola".
These arrangements continued until after the end of August 1944 by which time Cherbourg had been captured by the allies and underwater pipelines were installed between that port and the Isle of Wight across the English Channel in England. These arrangements were codenamed "PLUTO".
More information about Tombola and PLUTO can be had by clicking here.
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dkmurphys (58654) 2012-09-23 1:18
Simple and attractive port scene. I like the atmosphere and the natural textures. Well taken.
lousat (91332) 2012-09-23 1:28
Hi Steph,simple but very very nice,i like the colors that looks like a film of 70th,excellent exposure in this difficult light of a cloudy day and very good details too.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-09-23 2:28
an another interesting historical place and I like the composition and the POV, superb historical series I like it very much, Tfs! Have a nice Sunday! Kellemes Vasárnapot kívánok!
Fis2 (97571) 2012-09-23 4:09
I like colors and frame.
Have a nice afternoon
papagolf21 (101892) 2012-09-23 4:22
Bonjour, cher Stephen,
Les petits ports ont tendance à disparaître, notamment ceux réservés aux marins pêcheurs. Il est bien agréable de contempler ces bateaux ancrés, balancés au gré du vent, et des vagues, former de jolies couleurs.
chrisvek (7001) 2012-09-23 5:18
Amazing atmosphere.So peacefull.I believe that's an ideal place to stay and relax for a few minutes.Well done!TFS
Have a nice day
Sergiom (79601) 2012-09-23 5:54
Un très beau petit port de mer . L'image est belle malgré la lumière difficile. J'aime la luminosité sur les coques des petits bateaux.
ikeharel (71365) 2012-09-23 6:08
A small port but much history enfolded within, as I recon from your note. Yet, the picture show a busy place with small boats - are the bigger ones still anchor out to sea?
Also, I see they have traffic-lights for boats! the pole on the edge.
Thruthfully, I did not know about the "Tombola" you had written about. thanks for that info.
Nicou (142048) 2012-09-23 7:45
Très belle compo et iamge de ce port sueprbe iamge et cpatage quel vue quel rendu et immensité avec le léger bruissement sur l'eau sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-09-23 13:14
Les couleurs vives des multiples bouées sont autant de points qui attirent le regard. Le petit port est habilement cadré. Les agens sont un autre centre d'intérêt. Bonne qualité. Bravo.
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (99000)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-07-00
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Transportation, Event
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-23 0:09