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  • The Tudor Castle
    The Tudor Castle
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  • The King welcomes you Portland castle
    The King welcomes you Portland castle
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  • HM Coastguard to the rescue
    HM Coastguard to the rescue
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    by ranger49 Written Sep 20, 2011

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    I have already referred in my introduction to the Portland, Dorset, UK/American connection made during WW2 and,as we went round the castle, we came across another one which may be of interest to some of the families and descendants of US Services men and women.

    The Notice shown in the photograph refers to the occupation of the castle by the Royal Navy until the 1950s with a period of shared occupation with members of the US Navy between 1943 and 1945.
    In the early part of the war when WRNS were stationed there the castle acted as a Signal Station.
    Later on it was used by the US Navy as they prepared massive numbers of troops and vehicles for embarkation prior to the D- Day Landings on the beaches of Omaha and Utah.

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    by ranger49 Written Sep 20, 2011

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    Viewing the interior of the castle can take as long or short a time as you want to spend there but it would be a pity to leave withoutout taking a look around the outside of the castle - both on the harbour side and from land side.
    There was quite a lot going on - first sight was one of H.M.'s Coastal Rescue vehicles preparing to lift off.
    Out on the harbour by walking down the landing jetty we got a better view of the old rotting and rusting Mulberry Harbours - though still intact since they entered the water in 1944.
    And various big ships engaged on marine activities or coming in for repairs - including the CS Sovereign - an underwater and maintenance an cable laying vessel.
    And returnng to the castle a rear, outside view ot the castle which appeared squat and not too much to be feared but belied its mighty proportions as seen from the ramparts and interior.

    HM Coastguard to the rescue The Mulberry Harbours and a cable laying ship Another big ship comes into Port The Castle seen from the jetty The outer entrance gates on land side

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