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It means that 1 st action started at a certain point of time and ended at a certain point of time in past .
2nd action started after the 1st action ended and ended at some point in past .
And in present , no action is continuing .
but in the present case as we know that the storm destroyed the harbour and after that the harbour was no more a resort destination .
So only one action started and ended at some point in time . Now there is no 2nd action . and in these types of cases we use simple past tense "was" .
Would ike others to contribute and tell me whether the above explanation is correct .
Note: I am myself very weak in eng , and trying to improve it by participating in forums , have my gmat on monday so attempting to reason out questions . so it just an attempt to reason out , this is how i think . but it might be wrong , Please correct it .