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EMBARKATION HARD SITE S2

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The site of a Second World War embarkation hard at Southampton, known as site S2. It was located east of the Royal Pier. It was built by the Admiralty between 1942 and 1943 under the control of Portsmouth Command in preparation for D-Day. This was a 2-berth hard for landing ships carrying tanks (an LST hard). It consisted of a concrete loading ramp equipped with steel framed mooring points. Embarkation hard sites were built with associated access roads, approach roads, transit areas and accommodation and ancillary buildings. This was one of four embarkation hards in Southampton and part of a series of 22 hards under Portsmouth Command.

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