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US Army KD Barges (BK)

Discussion in 'Western Europe 1943 - 1945' started by Osprey227, Mar 8, 2021.

  1. Osprey227

    Osprey227 New Member

    Mar 6, 2021
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    I'm interested in the US Army BK barges manufactured in US yards and shipped in kit form (knocked down or KD) for assembly in the UK.

    This is a follow up to a thread on the WW2Talk forum - those good folks suggested posting here to reach more folks on the American side of the pond.

    Some links and photos to show what I mean...

    A photo of 104 ft steel barges being assembled in Hayle, Cornwall, UK. It's on Facebook but I think it is publicly accessible. The steel barges were assembled at Hayle and Truro in Cornwall (with 60ft wooden barges at Totnes in Devon). Assembly was shared between British workers from Frank Curtis Ltd and the 13th Major Port.

    Three 104 ft steel barges in the Bassin a Flot, Cherbourg, France. So far this is the only photo I've found of the steel barges in use. Any details of other locations where they were used would be welcome.

    A list of US Army barges (BK and other types) and the US yards where they were manufactured. Any extra details (especially photos!) of their manufacture in the US, how they looked in kit form and how they were shipped from the US yards to the UK would be very welcome.

    I've found a lot of detail in the USATC 'Historical Report Vol 5' (available in several parts here) but this only covers Oct-Dec 1944. Does anyone know if volumes 1-4 of the 'Historical Report' are available anywhere?

  2. Takao

    Takao Ace

    Apr 27, 2010
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    Reading, PA
    You can find them all at FOLD3.com
    But it is a pay wall site, but you might be able to get them all with the free trial.
    Fold3 Browse
    Scroll down to 582.
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