I’ve read about Whale Units, like the one the Partridge was towing when she sunk, being used after the war to repair bombed bridges in France and Germany. I just found two photos of two of these bridge still in use today. It’s incredible to see that these out of context from their original purpose. These spans were towed across the English Channel under great danger and assembled while tugs were, in many case, still being fired on by Germans ashore — so it’s that much more incredible that people are still using them!
Read a report from TF128 on assembling a Mulberry Port here: Link