Squadron Scrapbook
Port Lyautey/Kenitra

Page Twenty

Tom Borbe's collection also includes excellent photos of a prominent feature of the landscape on the headland above Mehdyia Beach. The fortress depicted on this and the following page was originally constructed by the Portugeese during its effort to rule the area in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. The photos also show the influence of Moorish/Moroccan rule. One photo shows the remains of a gun mounted in the old fortress, either by the French or by the Germans, before or during the early part of World War II. The old fort was a popular spot with sailors assigned to VR-24.


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View of the old Portugeese fortress from the road below (1961)

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A closer view of the fort shows damage inflicted on the battlement, probably during World War II (1961).

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View of the fortress from a point south along the height above Mehdyia Beach (1961).

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A close-up of the south wall of the fort (1961).

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The fort's "main battery". It's unlikely that these guns were part of the fortress'original defense, but they give an idea of the type of armement used in earlier times.(1961).

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Not much remains of a later gun, probably installed by the French prior to World War II and destroyed by the Americans after its invasion of North Africa in November 1942 (1961).

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Stairs leading down into the fort's lower level, though to lead to an observation chamber facing out to sea(1961).

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View from within the lower level passageway (1961).

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