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1944 - Overlord Victualing

The Victualing Department at Priddy’s Hard, in the run-up to D-Day supplied to the waiting forces:-

20.000 tons of water per day. 400 tons of potatoes per week.

23.000 pounds of bread per day. 100 tons of meat per week.

50 tons of fresh vegetables per week.

In consequence of this the lightering services of the Port were greatly increased in numbers. The movement of these craft in and out of the harbour became so congested that on the 5th June a traffic light system by night and flags by day was introduced, confining the flow of traffic either into harbour or out of the harbour.

The dockyard was heavily involved in setting up 13 additional maintenance bases many with slipways within the Portsmouth Command.

Storage became a major problem. Additional 1.172.000 square feet of storage had to be found as well as an additional 1,100 separate holding sites within Southern England.

The number of ships dealt with by the Dockyard for refits, boiler cleaning, and armament changes etc. during this period:-

Battleships, Cruisers, Monitors, Destroyers and Fleet minesweepers……..88

Landing Ship Tank (LST)……………………………………………........…….16

Landing Craft Tank (LST)………………………………………………….......186

Trawler, Drifters and Boom Defences vessels………………………...……..30

Miscellaneous craft. Oil tankers, Dredgers Survey and Yard craft………...53

Coastal Forces………………………………………………………….......…...54

In the months between June and July 1944, 418 various landing craft received assistance from the Dockyard.