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Nelson's Dockyard

First Visit- Second Part


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & Grandeur of the Seas and Pearl & Antigua and Montserrat & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

Although we had rain showers earlier, by the time we got to Nelson's Dockyard it was sunny. I picked this ship's tour because my husband was in the Navy and I thought he would be interested in the dockyard. We also planned to look in the marina for sailboats like ours just as we have done on other Caribbean islands.

Cannon at the entrance

Cannon at the entrance


419414734026436-Sign_at_the_..nd_Barbuda.jpgSigns at entrance

Signs at entrance


Originally called "His Majesty's Antigua Naval Yard", Nelson's Dockyard is a National Park around a harbor called "English Harbor" - a really good protected harbor for boats. It was a boat repair facility for the Royal Navy.

Actually, it was not named "Nelson's Dockyard" until after the British Navy abandoned it and turned it over to the Antigua government. Nelson WAS based here at English Harbour from 1784 to 1787. He was temporary Commander-in-Chief of the Leeward Islands for a short time.

Walking into Nelson's Dockyard

Walking into Nelson's Dockyard


At Nelson's Dockyard as you walk in, there are some gift shops and boutiques in which to shop for souvenirs as well as some stylish items of clothing

Small boutique selling clothes

Small boutique selling clothes


Sign about designing the totem for the Dockyard

Sign about designing the totem for the Dockyard


. In addition there are also banking facilities, and a bakery. The gift shop next to the museum in the Naval Officer's House is one of the best in Antigua (although I didn't buy anything there). It carries old maps, plans and charts of Antigua as well as a quantity of local handicrafts.
Guide telling us about Nelson's Dockyard

Guide telling us about Nelson's Dockyard


The local guide at the Dockyard was very good and informative.

1788 Pitch and Tar Store (the Admirals Inn)

1788 Pitch and Tar Store (the Admirals Inn)



Courtyard type area

Courtyard type area


Dockyard building similar to the museum

Dockyard building similar to the museum


We toured the Mast House and other shipyard areas such as the Wet Dock. The old Boat House and Sail Loft was partly destroyed by a hurricane in 1871. All that remains of the original building are the massive boat house pillars.
Nelson's Dockyard

Nelson's Dockyard


Wet Dock Pillars in Nelson's Dockyard

Wet Dock Pillars in Nelson's Dockyard


Reconstruction of Nelson's Boatyard continues up to this day of places such as the Seaman's Gallery built in 1778 (now a boutique and restaurant), the Pay Office (shops) and the 1788 Pitch and Tar Store (the Admirals Inn).
Marina

Marina


At the end of the tour, we were given a free rum punch (or in my case a fruit juice) at the Copper and Lumber Store Hotel at the Copper Kettle.

Courtyard at the hotel

Courtyard at the hotel

There are two restaurants in the Copper & Lumber Store Hotel. They are:

Copper and Lumber Hotel sign

Copper and Lumber Hotel sign


Detail of the windows of the Copper and Lumber

Detail of the windows of the Copper and Lumber


The Wardroom Restaurant which has an international cuisine mixed with all the flavors of the Caribbean.

The Mainbrace Pub which is open for breakfast from 8am each morning and serving lunch daily(and dinner during March and April). The menu is traditional British pub with a Caribbean flavour.
Dining Options at Nelson's Dockyard

Dining Options at Nelson's Dockyard

There are several other excellent restaurants are nearby, including The Admiral's Inn, HQ, The Inn at English Harbour, Abracadabra, The Galley Bar & Restaurant, Calabash, Le Cap Horn, Trappas, The Gallery, Club Havanna, The Pizza Oven, Catherine's Cafe, Last Lemming, The Spotlight Bar, Mad Mongoose and Famous Mauro's Pizza.

Our guide pointed out to us that some of the stones on the island have a high copper content which makes them turn green. I have been unable to find out if the copper content is actually the reason for the color although I do see that green limestone is quarried in the hills of the south coast. Some of the stones used in the paving in Nelson's Dockyard were green in tint.

Green stone in Nelson's Dockyard paving

Green stone in Nelson's Dockyard paving


I also saw for the first time a phone booth where you could use a credit card. I was tempted to try it, but did not. Area code 268 is the telephone area code of Antigua and Barbuda. The 268 area code, or "(ANT)" was created during a split from the original 809 area code which was done on or around the date April 1996. The 268 area code is part of the North American Numbering Plan (NANP).
Credit card phone

Credit card phone


When in Antigua and Barbuda, use the seven digits alone. When calling to Antigua and Barbuda from anywhere in the United States or Canada simply dial 1(268) + seven digit phone number.

We also saw the post office at Nelson's Dockyard.
Post Box

Post Box

Mail Your Purchases

Mail Your Purchases


Inside the post office

Inside the post office


You could mail your souvenirs home to yourself. I liked the red metal post box. Antigua's post office hours are 8:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Offices are open until 5:00 p.m. on Fridays. On Saturdays, the post office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For more information on the island's postal services, call the main post office branch at 268-462-0023.

Police Station at the Dockyard

Police Station at the Dockyard


Then we fought our way back through the traffic in St. John's to the ship.

4786584-Steps_Antigua_and_Barbuda.jpgStreets of the city

Streets of the city

Building in St. John's - Saint John's

Building in St. John's - Saint John's

Main street - Saint John's

Main street - Saint John's

Driving on the left

Driving on the left

Street looking up toward the Cathedral

Street looking up toward the Cathedral


Antigua has branches of Scotiabank and the associated ATMS
Scottia Bank ATMS

Scottia Bank ATMS


Returning to the ship 2007

Returning to the ship 2007

We had lunch in the dining room. We sat with some teachers (and a man who was the husband of one of the teachers who drove a bus). I had the Tropical Fruit Medley with Coconut Sherbet (very refreshing), beet soup (I think it was borscht although the waitress said it wasn't like what her mother made) which one of the teachers pronounced the best thing she had all week, Bob had the Herb Grilled Salmon, and I had the Fusili Pasta and BBQ Pork. Most people at the table had marinated berries for dessert. Bob and I had ice cream

Posted by greatgrandmaR 11:50 Archived in Antigua and Barbuda

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