Soldats Armée Air Saïgon 1951

Femmes devant Brodard Saigon septembre 1950

le gnral De Lattre de Tassigny avec un gnral amricain

Restaurant Kim Long, Renault 4 cv Saïgon

Htel Continental Taxi Renault

Tonkin Haute Région Lac Babé

La Croix du Sud rue Catinat Saïgon

Avion Taxi Indochine

Hotel Caravelle Saigon

Le Grand Monde Miss Saigon 1954

Femmes Saïgon 1953

Rue Tu Do - Catinat Saïgon

Vietnamienne Gia Long

Soldat Français Saïgon 1953

Cigarettes Mic Extra Cholon

Grand Hotel Saïgon

Citroën Traction et Ford Vedette sur le boulevard Bonard à Saïgon

Camions Renault Vietnam

Cigarettes Nationales Saigon

Opticien Michaux Saigon

Cosara Saigon 1953

La semaine à Saïgon-Aout 69

Rue Catinat Saigon dimanche 15 juin 1952

Brodart-Le Bougnat Saigon

Bastos la cigarette de qualité

Velosolex Hanoi

Pâtes Delices Saigon

7 Jours à Saïgon

Vietnam Tourist Centre

Garage Jean Comte 34 Boulevard Norodom Saïgon

Cigarettes Job Indochine

Gia Long Velosolex Saiuml;gon

Velosolex 330 Saigon

Rivoire et Carret Saigon

Htel Continental Cyclomoteur Mars 1951

La Légion Étrangère à Hanoì

Sipeo Kodak Saigon

Femme en Velosolex rue Catinat Saïgon

Gendarme Français Vietminh

Rue Catinat Saigon

Défilé des parachutistes et des légionnaires le 27 avril 1947 à Saïgon

Soldats Français dans Saigon en avril 1950

Civil rue Catinat Saigon

La Croix du Sud rue Catinat Saïgon

Aigle Azur Saigon

Mobylette Cady Saigon

Automoto Saïgon

Derrière la cathédrale de Saigon

ARVN War memorial, Peugeot 203, Citroën Ami 6

Concessionnaire Misetal Dynard Panhard

Compagnie Laotienne Commerce Transport

Bireleys Saigon

Hôtel de Ville Saïgon  Ford Vedette Citroën Traction

Garage Charner Saigon

Ciné Radio Saigon

Pachod Frères Indochine

Ancien Établissements Eiffel Saigon

Ogliastro Saigon

Tombola des leves pauvres et orphelins Saigon 1954

La semaine a Sagon en 1961

Femmes rue Catinat Saïgon

Le Tonkin Indochine Franaise

Citroen DS19 devant le temple Vinh Nghiem

Renault Goelette Vung Tau Saigon

Sud Est Asiatique Juillet 1952

SCTI Transitaire Saigon

Taxi Renault 4 CV

La Banque B.N.C.I de Sagon

Sud Est Asiatique Saïgon

Femmes Vietnamiennes devant le Garage Charner Saïgon

Etudiants Vietnamiens Saiuml;gon

Les Paras et les Tirailleurs  Saïgon

Jeune Vietnamienne devant la polyclinique de enfants Saigon

Bonard Boulevard Saigon

Bière Hommel BGI Saigon

Le Docteur Irwin S. Leinbach devant son Ambulance Peugeot de l'Hôpital Cho-Ray de Saïgon

Soldat Armée Air en solex Saigon

Etablissements Marthe Gaschot Saigon

Air France

Air France Saigon

La Légion Étrangère à Hanoì

Cochinchine Indochine franaise

Au centre le Commandant Ourta Saigon mars 1952

Brodart rue Catinat Saïgon

Boites aux lettres Saigon

General Salan Hanoi Indochine

Boulevard Bonard Saigon

Epicerie Saigonnaise Lien Seng Saïgon

La Croix du Sud rue Catinat Saïgon

Hongay votre anthracite

En 1950 le Boulevard Charner Saïgon

Bière Alsace Salzbruk

Sud Est Asiatique Saïgon

Grands Magasins Charner Saïgon

Aigle Azur Saigon

General de Lattre de Tassigny Saigon

Asianis le Pastis de Sagon

Biere 33 Export Saigon

Au centre le Commandant Ourta Saigon mars 1952

Cinema Leloi Saigon

Colette et son velosolex devant le Cafe Givral Saïgon

Societ des Imprimeries et Librairies Indochichoises Saigon

Air france Indochine

Transports Aériens Hanoï

Garage Peugeot Jean Compte Saigon

Course de Cyclo-Pousse Saigon 1948

Havas Piblicité Saïgon

Lait concentre Rosy

Touristes françaises en Cyclomoteur à Saïgon

Touristes françaises en Cyclomoteur à Saïgon

Le Monument aux morts de Saïgon

La Maison Brodart, rue Catinat

Bus Citroen Saigon

Saïgon 15 Février 1953

Melia Cigarettes Saigon

Saigon Paris Charles de Gaulle à partir du 1er Novembre 1974

La Cathédrale Notre Dame Saigon

Hotel Rex, Renault 4 CV, Velosolex, Traction Citroën Saigon 1966

Le velosolex au Vietnam

Hôtel de Ville Saïgon  Ford Vedette Citroën Traction

Asianis le Pastis de Sagon

Jeunes femmes vietnamiennes Saiuml;gon

Sud Est Saigon Fevrier 1950

Autoradio Philips Saigon

Notre Dame Cathedral Saigon

Air france Indochine

TAI Tranports Aériens Intercontinentaux Indochine

Rfugis vietnamiens sur USS Montague Haphong 1954

Etablissements Olympic Saigon

Le Combattant Indochine

La semaine Saigon avril 1967

Biere Larue Saigon

Jean Comte Velosolex Saigon Indochine

Arroyo chinois de  Saïgon

Imprimeries et Librairies Indochinoises Saïgon

Ligne de Bus Saigon-Mytho en 1951 Tour de Guet contre les Vietminhs

Htel Continental Cyclomoteur Mars 1951

Velosolex et Camion Citroen Saigon

Chez Brodard

Vendeuse dans les rues de Saïgon

Rue Catinat en 1946

La sortie de la messe le dimanche 16 octobre 1948

Rue Catinat

Solex boulevard Bonard Saigon

Pan American

Hotel Continental Saigon

Cigarettes Cotab Cholon

Air Vietnam Saïgon

Grands Magasins Charner Saïgon

Voyagez avec les troupes coloniales

Femme vietnamienne Saigon

La Pagode Saïgon

Colonel Revon rue Catinat Saïgon 1952

Solex Famililal à Saïgon

Sipeo Kodak Saigon

Femmes devant le magasin de Lucien Berthet Saïgon en 1953

Htel Continental Cyclomoteur 23 Juin 1947

Saigon-Phnom-Penh en 1953

jeunes sagonnaises

Aigle Azur Saigon

Les Halles Centrales Saïgon

Marin français à Saïgon

Renault Goelette

Colonel Revon rue Catinat Saïgon 1952

Union Francaise

Au Menestrel Saigon 1950

jeunes sagonnaises

Etablissement Lucien Berthet Catinat Saïgon

Grande Pharmacie de France Saigon

Joseph Maugis Professeur Lycée Chasseloup Laubat Saiuml;gon

Femmes en Renault 4 CV devant le Théâtre de Saïgon

Notables en prière

Agence Havas Saigon

Taxi Renault 4 CV de Sagon

Soldat Français rue Catinat Saïgon 1952

Soldats americains 1973

Sipeo Kodak Saigon

Femmes Vietnamiennes devant le Garage Charner Saïgon

Manifestation Saigon 1968

Cap Saint Jacques le phare

Femmes sur la rue Catinat Saigon

Camion Tous Terrains Indochine

La Croix du Sud rue Catinat Saïgon

Sipeo Kodak Saigon

Air Vietnam Saigon Paris

Le Généraux Cogny Indochine

Photo Tay Ho

Eden Sports Saïgon

Femmes rue Catinat Saiuml;gon

Eglise Cap Saint Jacques

Htel Continental Taxi Renault

Shell Vietnam

Jeunes filles saigonnaises

Velosolex 45 CC Saïgon

Ford Vedette Saïgon

Air Vietnam Saigon 1952

Établissements Bainier Indochine Saïgon

Aigle Azur Saigon

Femmes devant le magasin de Lucien Berthet Saïgon en 1953

Peugeot 203 Publiciité Jean Comte Saigon

Aigle Azur Indochine

Two monks in Saigon Air France

Automoto Saïgon

Sud Est Asiatique Juillet 1952

Engagez-vous rengagez-vous

Grand Hotel du Commerce Haïphong

Ford Vedette Saïgon

Motard escorte d honneur Saigon 1949

Etudiants Vietnamiens Saiuml;gon

Arrêt des autobus Boulevard de la Somme à Saïgon en 1946

Femmes devant le magasin Nouveautés Catinat Saïgon

Vietnamiennes sur un Velosolex Saïgon

Joseph Maugis Professeur Lycée Chasseloup Laubat Saiuml;gon

Bière Larue Indochine

Pachod Frères Indochine

Pharmacie Nguyen-Van-Cao Saïgon

Jeunes Saigonnais rue Catinat

Compagnie maritime des Chargeurs Réunis Saigon

Peugeot 203 Saigon

Femmes sur la rue Catinat Saigon

La semaine à Saïgon-Aout 70

Femmes Saïgon 1953

Jacques Chansel rue Catinat Saiuml;gon

Location voitures Saigon

Les Banderoles de Films en 1948 Saïgon

Etudiants Vietnamiens Saiuml;gon

Renault Outre Mer Indochine

Chez Brodard

Aigle Azur Indochine

Savon Viet-nam

Indochine Sud Est Asiatique Saigon

Cathedrale de Saigon

Le restaurant Kim Phu Dung Saigon

Femme vietnamienne Saigon

Base militaire de Saigon 1948

Femme vietnamienne Saigon

Cyclo-Pousse Saigon

La sortie de la messe le dimanche 16 octobre 1948

Peugeot 203 Saigon

Plantation Heveas

Renault 10 Vietnam Cong Ty Saïgon

Revue Cercle Sportif Saïgonnais 1957

Cigarettes Nationales Saigon

duong Tu-Do ex rue catinat Saïgon septembre 1955

Velosolex 330 Saigon

Touristes françaises en Cyclomoteur à Saïgon

Aigle Azur Indochine

Air Vietnam Saigon 1952

Rue Catinat en 1946

Renault Goelette Vung Tau

Havas : les bonnes adresses de Saïgon

Air France

Le Café "Pointe des Blagueurs Saigon

Tramway de Saïgon

Htel Continental Cyclomoteur 23 Juin 1947

Renault Fregate & Citroen Traction Saïgon

Bastos la cigarette de qualit

Sud Est Asiatique Juillet 1952

Les Militaire Franais devant l'htel Continental

Concessionnaire Misetal Dynard Panhard

Rue des Marins Cholon

Vietnamiennes rue Catinat Saiuml;gon

Mariage de Lucien Lutun Saiuml;gon

Aigle Azur Indochine

Place Francis Garnier

Cigares Mlia

Gendarmes dans la rue Catinat Saïgon Août 1951

Soldat Français Velosolex 45 1952

Air France

Passage Eden Saiuml;gon

Grand Hotel Saïgon

Mensuel France Indochine

Librairie Portail Waterman Saigon

Lait SucrÉ Concentré Rosy Saigon

Le Docteur Irwin S. Leinbach devant son Ambulance Peugeot de l'Hôpital Cho-Ray de Saïgon

La Banque B.N.C.I de Saigon

Bière 33 Saigon

Port de Haïphong

Quartier-Maitre contemplant la Baie Along en 1953

Femme vietnamienne Saigon

Gendarmes dans la rue Catinat Saïgon Août 1951

Grands Magasins Charner Saïgon

Agence Havas Saigon

Une femme et ses deux enfants rue Catinat Saigon

Cigares Mlia

Air Vietnam Saigon 1952

Bière 33 Saigon

Plan de Saigon

La Croix du Sud rue Catinat Saïgon

7 Jours à Saïgon

Simca Aronde sur le Boulevard Charner Sagon

Comptoirs Generaux Indochine

Soldats Français Catinat Saïgon

Hanoi

Jeux dans les rues de Sagon

Les arcades de Saigon 1950

Velosolex et Camion Citroen Saigon

Grand Hotel du Commerce Haïphong

Les Messageries Maritimes ont fait le tour du monde

Biere 33 BGI Saigon

Lionel Brans Paris-Saigon à bicylette

Vietnamienne boulevard Charner Saigon

Imprimeries et Librairies Indochinoises Saïgon

Cigarettes Cotab Cholon

Taxi Renault 4cv Saïgon

Depuis le café de la "Pointe des Blagueurs" la station maritime Mobil

La sortie de la messe le dimanche 16 octobre 1948

Asianis le Pastis de Sagon

La Pagode Saigon

Femme vietnamienne Saigon

Anthracite tonkinois

Vietnamiennes sur un Velosolex Saïgon

Gendarmes dans la rue Catinat Saïgon Août 1951

La rivière Saïgon

Concessionnaire Misetal Dynard Panhard



Cigarettes Nationales

Savon Viet-nam

Port de Haïphong

La semaine à Saïgon-Aout 70

Femmes rue Catinat Saiuml;gon

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Drapeau francais
Deux Pages sur
"Vũng Tàu - Le Cap Saint-Jacques"
Pages: [1] - [2]
Drapeau anglais
Two Pages on
"Vũng Tàu - Cap St.Jacques"
Pages: [1] - [2]

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Mekong Indochine Française

Vũng Tàu (Cape St. Jacques)
Old Postcards & Photos
Vũng Tàu (Focus on Colonial Buildings)
Compilation & Interpretation by Paul Thompson
Send an email to Paul Thompson : here

Vũng Tàu March 2020

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Cochinchina map

Cochinchina map

The situation of Cape St. Jacques on the China Sea.

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Arrival of French troops in the port of Cap St. Jacques

Cape St. Jacques is located at the end of a small peninsula, 125 Km. Southwest of Saigon at the mouth of the Donnaï (in Vietnamese: Sông Đồng Nai).
It was named by Portuguese navigators who sailed along this coast in the 15th century and named it St. Jacques.

Cap Saint-Jacques 1930

From Marseille, the voyage could last up to two months, depending on the ports of call: Mers el Kébir, Alexandria, Port Said, Djibouti, Aden, before reaching the Indian Ocean, then Colombo, Singapore – Cape St. Jacques is the first land seen by travelers arriving in Indochina.

Merchant ship entering the port of Cap St. Jacques

Merchant ship Cap St. Jacques

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Cap St.Jacques 1939 Map

Map Cap St. Jacques 1939

C : Caserne (Barracks), M : Marché (Market), E : Église (Church), I Garde Indigène (Indigenous Guard), R : Bureau de la Résidence (Townhall), T : Poste (Post Office).
1 : Grand Hôtel Grand Hotel), 2 : Hôtellerie du Cap Saint-Jacques (Annex).

Marine Nationale

Historical Population Data from 1950 to 2020

1950
* 23000 *
1960
35000
1970
55000
1980
84000
1990
131000
2000
206000
2010
295000
2020
418000

* The above figures were provided by the Vietnamese administration.
With regard to the year 1950, it should be noted that there is a difference with those of the French authorities. This gives a population of the city of Cap Saint-Jacques of 12,910 inhabitants and not 23,000.

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Annuaire téléphonique - Cap Saint-Jacques - Phone book

Annuaire Didot-Bottin Viet-Nam
1950
Gaston Méritte
48, rue Aviateur Garros
Saïgon (Sud-Viet-Nam)
Tél : 21.922
René Tarrin
37, rue de Châteaudun
Paris IX (France)

- Bar S.O.S, restaurant, quai Lanessan Tél: 24
- Dang Nien, 79-81 place du Marché Tél: 19
- Dispensaire, route Ben-Dinh Tél: 9
- Douanes et Régies, recette subordonnée, route de Baria Tél: 21
- Garde du Viet-Nam (sud) brigade, boulevard Escourbet Tél: 7
- Grand Hôtel, quai Lanessan Tél: 17
_ Haut-Commissariat de France en Indochine, quai Lanessan Tél: 2
- " Sécurité (poste), boulevard Escourbet Tél: 8
- Hoc-Ho, commerçant, 20-22 place du Marché Tél: 25
- Mairie (bureau), boulevard Landes Tél: 3
- Marine (subdivision renflouements), rue Marcellot Tél: 27
- Phare, Tél: 11
- Pilotage, quai Lanessan Tél: 6
- P.T.T. receveur, quai Lanessan Tél 13 & 14
- " guichets Tél 26
- radio (station) Tél: 20
- Sûreté Nationale (Police spéciale), boulevard Landes Tél: 15
- Tran Phu Sen, restaurant, 63 place du Marché Tél: 28
- Tran Van Sanh, équipement militaire, 2 rue Arduser Tél: 16
- Travaux Publiques (subdivision), rue Rougeot Tél: 12
- Trésor, rue Marcellot Tél: 22
- Usine électrique, boulevard Escourbet Tél: 10

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Baie Des Cocotiers Front Beach: Views to the West 1934 Map

Map Cap St. Jacques 1934

Baie des Cocotiers Panoramic view

Panoramic View

Baie Des Cocotiers Front Beach: Views to the West 1960

Les pêcheurs du Cap Saint-Jacques Plage des Cocotiers Cap St. Jacques 1960

Why the name of Villa Blanche?
Paul Doumer Governor General of French Indochina from 1897 to 1902 wished to give the name of his wife Blanche to his summer residence in Cap Saint-Jacques.

The White House (Palace) - La Villa Blanche - Bạch Dinh

Plage des Cocotiers Cap St. Jacques 1960

The White Villa was built in 1898 by the architect Antoine Genet at the request of Paul Doumer, Governor-General of Indochina and future president of the French Republic.
Paul Doumer was elected President of the French Republic on 13 May 1931. On 6 May 1932, Paul Doumer was in Paris at the opening of a book fair at the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, talking to the author Claude Farrère. Suddenly several shots were fired by Paul Gorguloff, a mentally unstable Russian émigré. Paul Doumer was rushed to the hospital in Paris, where he died at 04:37 AM on 7 May.

Plage des Cocotiers Cap St. Jacques 1955

The exterior walls of the White House are decorated with pearls and Greek-inspired statues.
It was later used to receive numerous dignitaries of the South Vietnamese Republic (notably Ngô Đình Diệm also his wife madame Nhu (Trần Lệ Xuân) and Nguyễn Văn Thiệu) as well as American soldiers; today the White villa is a museum.

Villa Blanche Cap St. Jacques 1955

The Big Mountain - Le grand Massif - Núi Lớn

Le Grand Massif Cap Saint Jacques 1950 Le Grand Massif Cap Saint Jacques 1956

Timeline for White House (Palace) - Villa Blanche - Bạch Dinh
Residence/Usage

Villa du Gouverneur Général Cap St. Jacques 1908

- 1898-1902: Construction
- 1902-1907: Unofficial Indochina Governor-General (Jean Baptiste Paul Beau)
palace/retreat
- 1907-1916: Emperor Thành Thái residence during house arrest
- 1916-1925: Official Indochina Governor-General palace/retreat
- 1926-55: Emperor Bảo Đại (Head of State from 1949) palace/retreat
- 1955-75: Presidents of South Vietnam/Military Junta palace/retreat
: Ngô Đình Diệm 1955-63
: Military Junta 1963-67
: Nguyễn Văn Thiệu 1967-75
- 1975-1991: Out of use
- 1991: First used as a museum
- 1992: Recognized as a national historical and cultural relic;
restoration and renovation into a tourist attraction.

Villa du Gouverneur Général Cap St. Jacques 1908

Marine Nationale - the French Navy

Marine Nationale Le Cap Saint-Jacques Marine Nationale Le Cap Saint-Jacques

The Commandant’s office at Cape St. Jacques is located on Rue de la Concession near the Fisheries office and the R&R center.

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Letter From Cholon to Cap St.Jacques (Conchinchina)

Letter From Cholon to Cape St.Jacques

July 1936 : Letter from Cholon to Cape St.Jacques (Cochinchina)
to Monsieur Yves Le Goff (Pilot Service). Pilotage, quai Lanessan Tel: 6

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Grand Hotel du Cap

Grand Hotel Cap Saint Jacques Grand Hotel Cap Saint Jacques

The Grand Hotel du Cap was built in 1897 - The leading Hotel at the Cap.
Billiard Room - English & French Billiards.
Golf, Tennis, Crockets, Rowing.
Sundry others games.
Special Dinner on the terrace veranda.
In 1919 Administrators-Directors : A. Frasseto & Sicé
Chef: Lasseube, de chez Drouant, 1, rue Gaillon, ParisS
The Grand Hotel was on Lanessan Dock (across from Bãi Trước)
Grand Hotel
quai Lanessan
Tel: 17

Hotel Mottet Cap Saint-Jacques Grand Hotel Cap Saint-Jacques Grand Hotel Cap Saint Jacques

Grand Hotel du Cap
directed by M. L. Andreani (during WWII).
The pleasant Cap St-Jacques beach offers you comforting sea baths, shaded walks, the Grand Hotel excellent service, a well-stocked table, a large airy bedroom.
Moderate Prices = Specials = For Families

Grand Hotel in 1971

Grand Hotel Cap Saint-Jacques 1971

The Grand Hotel in Vũng Tàu - © 1971 Barry Connors - Austalian Army

Plage du Cap Saint-Jacques 1930

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Location of Vũng Tàu/Cap St. Jacques Lighthouse

Location Lighthouse

1910 The Lighthouse - Den Pha - Le Phare

Cap Saint Jacques le phare

This lighthouse is located on small moutain (massif du phare).

1911 The Lighthouse - Den Pha - Le Phare

Cap Saint Jacques le phare Cap Saint Jacques le phare

The Cape St. Jacques lighthouse is located on top of the Telegraph mountain (now Nui Nho), with the present structure having been built in 1911.
It is 3 meters in diameter and 18 meters tall; next to it are four old French cannons (10 meters long and weighing several tons). They were formerly used to defend the region against naval attacks.
The lighthouse provides an exceptional panoramic view over the entire Cape St. Jacques (Vũng Tàu).
It is fitted with a lighthouse lens designed by Henry Lepaute Company, located at 11, Desnouettes Street in the 15th district of Paris.
(Les Annales coloniales, 3 novembre 1910)
Les travaux de construction d'un phare sur le sommet du massif du Cap Saint-Jacques, en remplacement du phare actuel, sont poussés activement. Les caractéristiques de ce feu seront les suivantes :
Caractère : feu éclair à groupe de 2 éclats blancs, toutes les dix secondes ;
Forme : tour ronde en maçonnerie ;
Hauteurs : 1° au-dessus du sol, 15 mètres ; 2° au-dessus des hautes mers, 197 mètres. C'est le 20 avril de cette année qu'ont commencé les travaux de ce nouveau phare dont la mise en service aura lieu probablement en février 1911.

1955 The Lighthouse - Den Pha

Cap Saint Jacques le phare The lighthouse Vung Taun

2020 The Lighthouse - Den Pha

Cap Saint Jacques le phare Cap Saint Jacques le phare

Major modification with buttress support.

Lighthouse Profile Through Time
Showing Some Minor and Major Modifications

Panoramic View

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L'église de Cap St.Jacques Nhà Thờ (Church)

Cape St-Jacques Church Nhà Tho Church Cape St Jacques

The catholic church, built during the French period, is a mixture of Chinese and Western inspiratioin, a bit like the church of Notre-Dame-des-Missions-du Cygne D’Enghien in Epinay-sur-Seine in France.
The church of Cape St. Jacques is located on Trần Hưng Đạo Street.

Wedding at Cap St.Jacques

Wedding in Cap St.Jacques

Cap St.Jacques, Saturday October 22, 1955 wedding of a French soldier with a Cochinchinese woman.

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La plage des Cocotiers - Bãi Trước (plage du Devant)

Plage des Cocotiers Vung Taun

During the ‘50’s, Cape St. Jacques was a beach resort and a R&R center for French soldiers.
- The Mayor’s office was located on the Boulevard des Landes.
- The Grand Hotel was on Lanessan Dock (across Bãi Trước).
Account of a French soldier staying at Coconut Beach on Cape St. Jacques:
…And this is why I was granted several days of R&R at Cape St. Jacques and that’s also where I took my first midnight swim!!!
What a pleasure it was to go out to the beach in the evening and to watch those large-shrimp fishermen, who, nearly naked in the water pulled in their nets where one could see the fluorescent eyes of these little creatures that we ate the next day.
It couldn’t last, but we knew that. It’s not like what happened to those who came after us, and who were massacred in the same place where we were.
Jean Gourbil Decembre 1950

Indeed, on July 21st, 1952, an attack by the Vietminh resulted in 20 killed and 23 wounded in an R&R center at Cape St. Jacques.

The French R&R centre in Cap Saint-Jacques

Centre de Repos Cap Saint-Jacques Indochine Centre de Repos Cap Saint-Jacques Indochina

Centre de Repos - R&R Centre - Cap Saint-Jacques - Indochina.
T.F.E.O. (Troupes Française d'Extrême-Orient - French Troops from the Far East)
Quai Lanessan

The S.O.S. bar at Cap Saint Jacques

Le Bar SOS du Cap Saint-Jacques

Bar S.O.S, restaurant (Bar S.O.S is located 100 meters from the R&R)
Quai Lanessan
Tel: 24
At the end of the "40’s and beginning of the ‘50’s, the S.O.S. bar was the meeting spot for the soldiers of the French Expeditionary Corps on R&R".
The charming bungalow lost in the greenery, that’s the S.O.S., a bar and restaurant lost in Indochina. You can get a drink (neat), you can eat (well), and you can dance (if you want to).
Its terrace swept by the sea breeze is the refuge of poets and dreamers (indeed, quite often both).
You can gaze at the sea to the horizon, white at dawn, red and gold at sunrise then going through purple pink and blue before the divine star sinks back into it.
At night, the lights of the junks and the luminous ray of the lighthouse play strange symphonies.
Jean Petersen

Le Bar SOS du Cap Saint-Jacques

A moment of rest in 1950

SOS Bar Cap Saint-Jacques 1950

French soldiers drinking a beer at the S.O.S. Bar April 23 1950).
Bar S.O.S. Bar was located 100 meters from the R&R.

Cape St. Jacques in 1953

Restaurant Cap Saint-Jacques 1953

French soldiers eating fishes in Cape St.Jacques restaurant (S.O.S. bar January 1953).

La plage des Cocotiers - Bãi Trước

Plage des Cocotiers  Cap Saint-Jacques 1953

Preparing a fishes meal on the beach (Plage des Cocotiers August 1953).

Plage des Cocotiers  Cap Saint-Jacques 1953

The sandy beach opens onto the Baie des Cocotiers - Bãi Trước

La plage des cocotiers Cap Saint-Jacques Joseph Culat Cap Saint Jacques

Left photo: in 1953, in the foreground some Vietnamese girls and behind them French soldiers residing at the R&R center of Cap Saint-Jacques, the famous kiosk "Aux Canots Flottants" which provided beachgoers with drinks and some pastries.
Right photo: in 1939 Joseph Culat with his family in Cap St.Jacques, the photograph shows the Grand Hotel Annex in the background.

La plage des cocotiers Cap Saint-Jacques La plage des cocotiers Cap Saint-Jacques

Twilight on Coconut Bay

La plage des cocotiers Cap Saint-Jacques

La plage des Cocotiers - Bãi Trước in 1951

La plage des cocotiers Cap Saint-Jacques

La plage des Cocotiers - Bãi Trước in 1955

La plage des cocotiers Cap Saint-Jacques 1955

© The color slides were taken by Mr. Emile Poizat in 1955.

La plage des cocotiers Cap Saint-Jacques 1955

Cape St.Jacques Downtown in 1955

Centre ville Cap Saint-Jacques 1955

French family in Cap St. Jacques
© The color slides were taken by Mr. Emile Poizat in 1955.

Vũng Tàu Downtown in 1968

Vũng Tàu's main thoroughfare with a Citroën Ami 6

Vũng Tàu's main thoroughfare with a Citroën Ami 6 in the fore ground.

Vũng Tàu Downtown 1968 Peugeot 203 convertible Vũng Tàu 1971

Vũng Tàu Downtown in 1971

Vũng Tàu's main thoroughfare with a Citroën Ami 6

Vũng Tàu's main thoroughfare with a Peugeot 203 convertible ~ © Barry Connors.

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Cape St.Jacques Market - Chợ Vũng Tàu

The Market Square Cape St.Jacques

The Market Square Cape St.Jacques in 1954.

Le Marché du Ca Saint Jacques

Vũng Tàu Market - Chợ Vũng Tàu

The Market Square Cape St.Jacques 1970

The Market Square in 1970. © Barry Connor (Hospital Vung Tau 1970-71)

Photo Hoc Ho

Hoc Ho Photo Saint-Jacques 1936

Letter sent in 1936 by Hoc Ho Photo for the "Photo-Plait Company in Paris.
24-26, Market Square Cape St.Jacques.

Photo Tay Ho

Photo Tay Ho Cap Saint-Jacques 1953

Photo Tay Ho - art portrait, amateur work, enlargement photos.
42, Market Square Cape St.Jacques.

Photo Kim Són

Photo KimSon Cap Saint-Jacques 1953

Photo Kim Són - enlargement photos, art portrait.
91, Market Square Cape St.Jacques.

Photo KimSon Cap Saint-Jacques 1953 Photo KimSon Cap Saint-Jacques 1953

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Cape St.Jacques Film Theater

 Cap St.Jacques theater

January 1950 - French sailors in front of the Cap St.Jacques theater.

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Vũng Tàu Rear Beach - La Plage derrière - Bãi Sau - 1970

Vũng Tàu Rear Beach Une Peugeot 403 sur la plage au Cap Saint-Jacques

The beach resort of Vũng Tàu has attracted tourists for decades notably those from Saigon arriving every weekend.

Vũng Tàu Rear Beach - La Plage derrière - Bãi Sau - 2012

Vũng Tàu Rear Beach

Archinard Island

Île Archinard Cap Saint Jacques Île Archinard Cap Saint Jacques

Cape St. Jacques and Archinard Island June 1940.

One of the first Renault vehicule in Cochinchina

Renault Vivasix Indochina 1928

April 1928 : One of the first Renault Vivasix in Cape St. Jacques.

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The Foreign Legion in Cape St. Jacques

Foreign Legion in Cape St.Jacques

Armored Cavalry Training Center

Plage des Cocotiers Vung Taun

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The "Cap Saint-Jacques"

Paquebot type Cap Saint-Jacques Chargeurs Réunis

The "Cap Saint-Jacques" - Auxiliary Transport - September 3 1946.

The "Pasteur" at Cape St.Jacques

Le Pasteur au large du Cap Saint-Jacques

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From October 1945 to February 1956 the "Pasteur" was one of the main cogs in the comings and goings of French soldiers. There were a total of 81 round trips between France and the Far-East.
The "Pasteur" off-loaded her first passengers offshore of Cape St.Jacques because her draft did not allow her to go up the Saigon river. Landing craft or small freighters like the "Saint-Michel" or the"Île d’Oléron" took over from there.
Then she went on to Tourane (Da Nang) and then on to her final destination: the Bay of Along, the port of Haiphong being equally inaccessible for the same reason as that of Saigon.
The duration of these trips was 15 days for Saigon and 20 days for Haiphong.

The Cape St. Jacques Line in Saigon

La Chaloupe Argoat Saigon

The ship “Argoat” provided daily service from Cape St. Jacques (Rach Dua) to Saigon (dock near the Hotel Majestic), and the other ship providing the connection in the other direction was the “Armor”.
With the Armor and the Argoat Breton sailors were quite in evidence in this part of Indochina!!
At the end of the war in Indochina in 1954, the newly secured road would outpace the river link by halving the travel time, and the line would be abandoned in 1955.
Today the trip by hydrofoil (of Russian manufacture) from Cape St. Jacques (Vung Tàu) to Saigon is made in 1 hour, 30 minutes instead of the 5 to 6 hours according to the tides at the beginning of the ‘50’s.

La Chaloupe Argoat Saigon

On the way to Cape St. Jacques... in 1949

La Chaloupe Saigon

The ship "la Chaloupe" leaving Saigon at "La Pointe des Blagueurs" on march 2nd 1949.

La Chaloupe Saigon

The ship "Tetard" at Rạch Dừa (Vũng Tàu) near "Argoat" on june 1949.

Ocean Liners near Cape St. Jacques

Paquebot type Cap Saint-Jacques Chargeurs Réunis

A Cape St. Jacques-type liner (Chargeurs Réunis Line) steaming up the Saigon River.

Paquebot Cambodge

The liner “Cambodge” (Messageries Maritimes Line) off Cape St. Jacques.

Bãi Dứa Beach - Les Roches Noires

Auberge des Roches Noires Cap Saint-Jacques

Les Roches Noires Hostel, Cap Saint-Jacques in 1960

Les Roches Noires Cape Saint-Jacques

Les Roches Noires Hostel, Cape St. Jacques, in 1949

Les Roches Noires Cape Saint-Jacques Les Roches Noires Cape Saint-Jacques

Roches Noires Post Cards ~ 1950

Les Roches Noires Cape Saint-Jacques Les Roches Noires Cape Saint-Jacques

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The French Air Force

The French Air Force Air Cap Saint-Jacques

Transfer of Command of the Gascogne Bomb Group.

The new runway at Cape St. Jacques in 1955

Armée Air Cap Saint-Jacques Armée Air Cap Saint-Jacques

Cap St.Jacques
For the Commander, a base,
For the aviator, a runway,
For the soldier garrisoned at Saigon, a weekend on the beach,
For the construction battalion, an enormous worksite with all that it represents in work and worries.
When the commander decided to turn Cape St. Jacques into an R&R center for the Expeditionary Corps after the Geneva Accords, it was a peninsula of sand and ponds. At the end of 1955 its runway was usable by B 26’s and there were aviation installations, bridges, housing for 20,000 men, and workshops for technical services.
Nearly 400,000 square meters of earthworks representing the load of 1,000 trains of 50 cars at 10 tons each, 90 barges of 80 tons, and 14,000 truckloads representing 42,000 tons of materials loaded and unloaded, 150,000 square meters of roads and parking areas, 200,000 square meters of covered areas… that’s the result of 12 months of work.
This work is the result of hard work first of the leadership in Saigon and its annex at the Cape, which, backed by the 7/62 and 26/5 Companies built the runway in record time, then the leadership of the Cape created in June 1955 when the Annex was no longer up to the task moved in, got organized, and continued the work already begun.
On July 14th, 1955 the runway was officially opened by the landing of 21 B 26 aircraft. As of August 1st, there were never fewer than 30 aircraft on the airport, with landings varying daily from 30 to 80.
At the end of the year after an exceptional rainy season, no repairs were necessary and on December 15th, operations with 28-ton “Privateer” aircraft confirmed the quality of the job.

Atelier dans un hangar Sarrade et Galtier

A workshop in one of the ten "Sarrade and Galtier" hangars

Le bâtiment Vigie de Rach-Dua

Right: The "Vigie" building at Rạch Dừa.

The military piers at Rạch Dừa were built in the estuary of the Sông Dinh River to serve the maritime transit needs of the units and services stationed at Cape St.Jacques.
It’s the only place on the peninsula where ships up to 5 meters draft (ships of 4 to 6,000 tons) can dock at any time. This draft can go to 10 meters at high tide.

Cap St.Jacques Infantry Training Center

Armée Air Cap Saint-Jacques

The entrance to the Training Center is guarded by soldiers from the Foreign Legion.

Executive housing development

La cité Logement G.C.R du Cap Saint-Jacques en 1955 La cité des officiers au Cap Saint-Jacques en 1955

Left: The G.C.R.housing development.
Right: Officer housing development.

Two housing developments were built at Cape St. Jacques in 1955, one for army and air force officers, and the other for the families of the G.C.R (Radio control Group) special services and the S.T.R. (Technical Research Services – Vietminh communications decryption).

La cité Logement G.C.R du Cap Saint-Jacques en 1955 Le mess des officiers au Cap Saint-Jacques en 1955

Left: Interior of G.C.R. housing.
Right: Officer’s Mess.

Begun in May 1955 for the executive development, in August for the G.C.R., construction went on until 1956, but the buildings were occupied as of December 1955.

After the departure of French troups in April 1956

After the departure of French troops in April 1956 the base was taken over by American advisors and it became the headquarters for the Australian expeditionary corps as well as for certain American units.
It would again be occupied after 1975 by the Soviets who would run as a joint Russian-Vietnamese operation the “Vietsovpetro” company with the Vietnamese.
The French group, Total, (in partnership with Petrovietnam) operated two platforms offshore of Cape St. Jacques.
This region has become the petroleum center of Vietnam where gas and crude operations dominate the economy of the city and contribute to the main revenue, the budget of Vietnam, and to the export volume.
Uncontrolled construction of numerous hotels as well as an amusement park (with aerial tramway!) above the White Villa has unfortunately and definitively disfigured the coastline of this town.

The Infantry Training Center

La cité Logement G.C.R du Cap Saint-Jacques en 1955

The Radio Broadcast Center

Le Centre Radio du Cap Saint-Jacques en 1956

The radio broadcasting and receiving installations.
In order to assure connections between the base and the outside world, it was necessary to build transmitting and receiving installations able to link Cape St. Jacques with Paris and to the capitals of allied countries in Southeast Asia.
Three units were built by the engineering department and fitted out by the Radio Services and other user services:
- 1 transmitting center including a inter-forces station, an air station, and an intelligence station.
- 1 receiving center including an inter-forces station and an intelligence station.
- 1 transmitting/receiving center in the small mountain including the technical facilities of the signal corps.
The Broadcast Center
The inter-forces station consists of 10 transmitters, 2 of which are 10 kilowatts and 3 antenna arrays.

- 2 diamond-shaped antennas aimed at Paris and mounted on 21-meter towers.
- 5 medium-range antennas aimed at Singapore, Tokyo, Bangkok, and Manila, mounted on 15- and 20-meter masts.
- finally, 4 antennas for in-country communications in Indochina, mounted on 15-meter masts.

Cap St.Jacques by François Sully

Le Cap Saint-Jacques

Photo taken by François Sully.
François Sully (1927-1971) as a French journalist and photographer best known for his work during the Vietnam War. Sully was one of the earliest journalists to cover the Vietnam War and spent 24 years in Indochina. At the time of his death in a command helicopter crash near the Cambodian border, he was viewed as the dean of the Saigon press corps.

Les pêcheurs du Cap Saint-Jacques

The cliff of Cap St.Jacques (Vũng Tàu)

Les falaises du Cap Saint-Jacques

The cliff of Cap St.Jacques (Vũng Tàu) is now called Mũi Nghinh Phong (literally meaning "Cape of breeze welcome" or "Cape of greeting the wind").

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Souvenir of Cap St.Jacques

Souvenir From Vung Tau

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