Gironde estuary

Aerial view of the Gironde estuary in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France. The rivers Dordogne (right) and Garonne (left) join into the estuary. Photo: Chell Hill, 2010

The Gironde is a navigable estuary (often falsely referred to as a river), in southwest France and is formed from the meeting of the rivers Dordogne and Garonne just downstream of the centre of Bordeaux. Covering around 635 km2 (245 sq mi), it is the largest estuary in western Europe.[1]

The Gironde is approximately 80 km (50 mi) long and 3–11 km (2–7 miles) wide and the French département Gironde is named after it. The Gironde is subject to very strong tidal currents and great care is needed when navigating the estuary by any size or type of boat.

Tug helping a bulk carrier on Gironde estuary to approach a subsidiary of Bordeaux port.

Second World War

In December 1942, during the Second World War, Operation Frankton took place with the goal of destroying shipping moored at the docks in Bordeaux. These German blockade runners were causing havoc in the Western approaches. The raid was carried out by a small unit of Royal Marines known as the Royal Marines Boom Patrol Detachment (RMBPD), part of Combined Operations, led by Herbert 'Blondie' Hasler.

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