The Old Dockyard at English Harbour, Antigua

By H R H Vaughan, published August 1925


Of the islands of the Lesser Antilles, Antigua is exceptional in having the natural harbours of St Johns in the north-west and English Harbour in the south-east. To windward of the other islands, surrounded by hills providing protection from hurricanes and scope for strong fortification, English Harbour’s natural advantages were offset by its small size and the death rate from fever. Construction of various components of the dockyard commenced between 1726 and 1743 and it was not abandoned until 1889. An illustration of English harbour in 1800 is supplemented by the writer’s photographs and his first-hand observations of its present condition.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Caribbean
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards

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