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Artistic rendition of Recife Harbor during the War and the numerous warships at the docks.

View of the docks at Recife harbor. Boxes and crates with all kind of supplies are piled up. In the bottom, one cruiser is seen. Probably the USS Memphis, Adm. Jonas Ingram flagship. Photo LIFE Magazine

US sailors can be seen waiting to boarding a transport motorboat which will take them for one vessel nearby. Photo LIFE Magazine

Camp Ingram Recife main gate.

Above, a rare picture from Recife harbor with Brazilian ships Cananeia, Camocim and Camaqua sided by two merchants. These vessels were sent to Natal in 1941 operating as minelayers. Late in September 1942 they returned to the Brazilian arsenal at Rio de Janeiro for conversion into Anti Submarine Corvettes.

German ship Westfalia can be seen moored at Recife. One Dornier Wal is seen on catapult. The same set a world record when flew 8,392 km from southeast of English port of Dartmouth to Caravelas, Brazil in 43Hs on 29 March 1938.

The intense traffic of US ships at Recife, the  headquarters of the Fourth Fleet. Sailors prepare to board one motor boat. Photo LIFE Magazine

One recently unloaded grader leaves the docks at Recife harbor. Dozens of machines were used by the American and Brazilian teams to erect several military facilities in the city. Photo LIFE Magazine

Nice picture of the harbor with the Brazilian Merchant Bage in the foreground. The same was torpedoed and sunk 1st August 1943. Photo LIFE Magazine

One US motor boat is seen dashing to one of the several US ships at the harbor. Photo LIFE Magazine

American personnel from ADP seen walking alongside the docks at Recife. Photo LIFE Magazine

One US motor boat dashes toward one of the several US ships moored in the opposite side of the harbor. Photo LIFE Magazine

View of one street in the docks area. Men are seen at the café while the 2 newspapers headlines reads: “Numerous US warships hunt a German raider in the south Atlantic". The other, stated: "The troops of Von Rundsted reachs Crimea in Ukraine". Photo LIFE Magazine.

Panoramic view of Recife downtown with the arrow pointing to the large building, Headquarters of the Fourth Fleet.

In the picture above, the first interventions made by the US Navy by erecting one large infrastructure to convert Camp Ingram or Base Fox as the harbor was denominated into the most important Naval Headquarters with roughly 150 ships of 35 types.

Above a panoramic view of Base Fox completed after several months of intense work during 1943. 

Above, central portion of the city and harbor with Brazilian Battleship Sao Paulo moored as a floating fortress circa Jan 1943. Photo US National Archives.

Large view of the so called Base Fox at Recife harbor. From there Adm. Ingram commanded nearly 200 ships from both U.S and Brazilian Navy. In the detail, the battleship Sao Paulo. With her eight 350mm guns, she poised as a deterrent floating fortress.

Above a front view of HMS Dorsetshire moored at Recife. The British cruiser played an active role in the South Atlantic in 1939 in the chase of the German battlecruiser Adm Graf Spee in 1939 and other Axis blockade runners. 


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