The Anonymous Widower


This is a museum at Ouwerkerke in the Netherlands, dedicated to the North Sea Flood of 1953.

It is an impressive museum that opened a few years ago.

It is actually built inside four giant Phoenix breakwaters or caissons, that were originally built to be part of the Mulberry Harbours used for the D-Day invasion in the Second World War.  They had been used to plug one of the last gaps in the dykes in November 1953.  The construction of the caissons is clearly visible, both inside and outside.

Having lived in Felixstowe as a teenager some years after the disaster, it somewhat saddens me that we have no museum to the floods in the UK. Thirty eight people died in Felixstowe and I can still see the marks of the flood on the walls of the houses in my mind.

February 8, 2010 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , ,


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