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Acre's Port and Marina
Nowadays, acre's port serves mainly as a tourist attraction and a marina. Fishermen still set off to sea from this port, and visitors can enjoy the catch of the day at any of the wonderful restaurants situated along the old city walls.
The first port of Acre
Acre’s first port was apparently located at the lower part of the Na’aman River. The port was first mentioned in the travels of Kambizes to conquer Egypt in the years 525 – 527 BC, during the course of which hundreds of ships carrying soldiers, horses and supplies were concentrated in Acre. The fact that Acre served as a base for a navy of such an order of magnitude indicates that the southern breakwater had already been built.
The port during the ancient Moslem Period
The port of Acre was mentioned again with the establishment of the Umayyad Dynasty in the days of Muawaya. Sultan Muawaya decided to fortify the settlements on the coastline as part of a maritime policy, which culminated in the conquest of Cyprus, which was made part of the Moslem Empire. As part of this policy, a large shipyard was built at the port of Acre and lasted only a short time. The Egyptian ruler Achmed Ibn-Tolon (868 – 884) annexed the Land of Israel and a major part of Syria and, in the framework of organizing his principality, and decided to renovate the port of Acre and its fortifications, similar to Tyre.
The port and the Crusaders
During the period of Crusader rule the port of Acre increased in importance. The Crusaders’ maritime link with the West was based on this port, which was vital to its very existence. Although most of the maritime activity was limited to the months of May through October, considerable space was required for storing goods and equipment, for accommodating the pilgrims and for repairing and mooring the ships.
The Ottoman Port
Following the Ottoman conquest the port was neglected and served only as a marina for fishing boats. Paintings of passengers from the 18th century show the southern breakwater and the Crusader wall, the remains of which rise to a considerable height.
The fortified building on the Fly Tower was very well preserved and a mosque was built on it. At the end of the 17th century, Dahar al-Omer tried to renovate and fortify the city. At the end of his life he had apparently succeeded in bring the port to a state that permitted sailboats to cast anchor there and to load cargo, in the framework of his policy of developing maritime commerce.
During the first third of the 19th century the port was preserved in good condition and often served the Egyptian fleet of Muhammad Ali and Ibrahim Pasha. The port was destroyed during the shelling of Acre by the British and Austrian navies in 1840, when the southern breakwater wall and the Fly Tower were damaged.
*Info courtesy of akko.org 

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