We left our rolly anchorage in Barbuda with a rainbow over the beach. There was little wind when we were there and that let the boat drift around the anchor. The small swells would come in from sea, hit the boat one way, then roll up the steep beach and head back out to hit the boat again. Made for an uncomfy night’s sleep. Chris got in some good beach walks and shell hunting on the 11 mile long, uninhabited beach. We tried to snorkel out at Tuson Rock reef, about 3/4 of a mile offshore. The reef was 50% dead and the fish population was not doing well. Pretty depressing.
That sent us off on a nice sail back to Antigua.
This is the entrance to English Harbour, Antigua, with the fort on the left and anchored boats on the right. The fort guards the entrance to Nelson’s Dockyard. The Brits used snug English Harbour as a primary refit and maintenance port for their Caribbean fleet and a hurricane hole to protect their fleet when the storms came through. Admiral Nelson, of The Battle of Trafalgar fame, captain at the time, ran the yard for many years. His primary job was to stop the island plantation owners and merchants from trading with anyone but Britain. Not something that made him popular with the locals.
The dockyard is well preserved, with lots of 17-18th century buildings surviving, as a National Park and well used. There are a number of restaurants, inns and marine business functioning within the Dockyard as well as Antigua and Barbuda Customs and Immigration.
The sail loft was built on top of the pillars as a second floor. Ships would come up to the bulkhead and then hoist their sails requiring repair from the deck to the sail loft floor.