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English Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard

Listed under Colonial Towns in Antigua and Barbuda.

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Perfect for keeping your Royal Navy ships in stormy times, this harbour was noticed by the English, hence the name, and is the site of a restored British colonial naval station called ‘Nelson’s Dockyard’ – Nelson was a Commanding Officer.

These days English Harbour, and the equally anglicised in name neighbour, Falmouth Harbour, are the centre of Antigua’s sailing and yachting community, hosting Antigua Sailing Week round the end of April, beginning of May.

Nelson’s Dockyard has ten restored buildings and forts filled with historical artefacts from the 18th and 19th Centuries when the British Navy had its glorious Leeward Islands base of operations here. One of the restored houses, Clarence House, was built for the future King William IV who served under Nelson as a captain. A bit like in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ then, but with more racy ships figureheads.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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