The head of the Navy Captain Julio Morales Coello recommended this building to the President of Cuba Mario García Menocal and it was confiscated by the Cuban state for the Naval Academy in which it was until 1977.

It had two entrances; one by road, winding the elevation where it is located and the other challenging the dozens of steps that from the base to the building allowed access to this enigmatic and always welcoming facility. This 48-meter staircase, made up of 266 steps and 12 sections of 20 steps each, received the effect of time and the action of nature. Many years ago it was interrupted by the detachment of numerous sections that impede the passage. Important parts of this concrete staircase are still preserved in the undergrowth.

The Academy had an important Museum of Ichthyology with one of the most complete collections of samples of Cuban marine species duly cataloged and ordered. The Mariel Naval Academy, courtesy of AlfNav Orlando Delgado Gastón Pelayo had reason to say that it presented an extraordinarily picturesque view from below and that from its height one of the most beautiful landscapes of our beloved land was dominated. Indeed, even before reaching the town of Mariel, the beautiful building stood out and when we approached it and looked at it from the lowest steps of the monumental staircase or staircase, we enjoyed a whole show capable of shortening our breath and making it accelerate the at least sensitive pulse of human beings … The castle appeared among wild pines or planted in its gardens, as well as royal palms that were everywhere, some, indiscreet, appeared above the neighboring reed beds and spread over the slopes of the plateau while others were already settled in the. summit. From here, from this height, without need. As you go up to the building, the typical Cuban landscape is adorned with the magnificent view of the gentle bay. Beyond the. towers of the cement factory, in the distance, the open sea. The rest of the panorama, pure Cuban countryside, with our national tree, the royal palm, reigning haughtily, proudly and patiently waiting, in the uncertain times when we write these memoirs, that we put justice on our soil as tall as its plumes … as the Apostle desired.

Our generation may not get to see it … but one day it will. When this happens, a colossal lantern with a light power capable of easily reaching far beyond the horizon must be placed at the top of the building (which, according to its height, will be about 30 nautical miles) with more than 40 miles of range, whose light is reflected in the clouds and is seen in much of the Straits of Florida to remind the traveler that the Naval Academy was at its base for almost half a century del Mariel.