Fort de Ruyter


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Flushing (Vlissingen) is strategically located in the south west of the Netherlands at the border between the North sea and scheldt estuary along the important shiping lane towards Antwerp. In 1903 plans were made by the Dutch government to bolster the coastal defences and these included specifically a novel fortress at the same location as the previously demolished fort de Rutyer. This fort would be important to maintain Dutch neutrality by closing the shipping lane towards Antwerp in times of crises. It was decided that this fort would be called fort de Ruyter and its construction was initiated in 1913. During my recent summer vacation I visited the remains of fort de Ruyter. Read more at my site: