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Re: Unbelievable drydock
St Nazaire is NOT the same, it is a supersize sectional dry dock, with crane covering the whole length, and able to be separated, into several separate docks,designed for construction on SHIPS.
this is more a harbour that can be sealed and drained and can be used for MUCH LARGER structures of any shape and size.by its size it cannot be fitted with super heavy traveling cranes as used in conventional shipyards.
AFAIK this design has been invented back in 1935 by Albert Caquot and first put in application in the so-called "Forme Caquot", later "Forme Jean-Bart" in Saint Nazaire, France, where battleship Jean Bart has been assembled in 1936-1940.
This design allowed multiple builds and repairs in a single dock.
This dock has been dismanteled for years in favour of dry areas with huge cranes and is now the place where giant passenger ships are being prefabricated and assembled.
Not to be confounded with the "Forme Normandie" which is a very large conventional dock farther down the Loire river.
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