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Storm on "Gooseberry"

Ships tied together in rough seas
Description: Painting, Watercolor on Paper; by Dwight C. Shepler; 1944; Framed Dimensions 30H X 24W
Accession #: 88-199-FJ
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There, with decks awash in the roaring sea, the sunken block ships of the great harbor of "Mulberry" successfully rode out the storm. The part of the breakwater formed by the line of sunken ships was called "Gooseberry." Though they worked about on the bottom, the ships held their place throughout the unseasonal blow of June 19-22, 1944. At the height of the gale's fury, gunners stationed on a sunken merchantman sought safety on the fo'c'sle of the H.M.S. Centurion, an old British battlewagon which was the western bastion of Gooseberry.

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