Monday, February 8, 2016

English Harbour and Nelson's Dockyard

We are anchored in Freeman's Bay at the blue dot. I found this beautiful old chart in the museum at Nelson's Dockyard. 

Started in the 1740s, the Dockyard is steeped in history and the lovely old buildings have been restored and repurposed as a museum, restaurants, shops, hotels, and yacht services. Not only in the museum, but all around the grounds are references to Admiral Nelson who was here from 1784 to 1787.

It is all part of the Antigua and Barbuda National Parks and each yacht pays a fee just to anchor here. I can't even imagine dock fees for the mega yachts, but our anchoring fee was $8.00 per night.

Above you see the remains of the sail loft. There was a large building on top of those pillars where they did sail repairs. Small boats could come into this slip and hoist their sails directly up into the sail loft.

English Bay is one of the premier yachting destinations in the Caribbean. The harbour is full of gorgeous mega yachts and a few classic ones too. It's a wonderful place to visit, but as the Captain said, "I feel a little inadequate."

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