Friday, February 22, 2013

Nelson's Dockyard

We've been back here a week, enjoying Jolly Harbour and doing lots of boat chores.  We hope to get the teak refinished before we head home from Grenada in the spring so that is the focus of our days.  Pam scrapes and sands while Glen does crosswords and fetches drinks when they are needed.

We decided to rent a car so we could drive Pam out to the airport in the morning.  She is heading home for 10 days of "Gran-time," with Jackson, Lucy and Chevy.  We got the car the day before and set out to explore with Richard and Jan from Morpheus of London, an IP 370 we've bumped into in various places.

We took a test run to the airport to make sure we could find the way.  Turns out we couldn't and got lost.  So after a big DUH! moment we found the airport, put that behind us and headed out to Falmouth Harbour, home of some magnificent yachts.  We thought we would be restricted onto the dock but we must look yachty enough as we were able to walk alongside some of these behemoth yachts.  Unbelievable.
Slightly bigger than Blue Pearl
Sailing Yacht Nahlin
A small day sailer
Pam thinks she could sew the cover for the helicopter
Blue Pearl needs a gangway like this one
Falmouth Harbour Lunch
After lunch we carried on to English Harbour, home of Nelson's Dockyard.  In the late 1700s Nelson was responsible for enforcing the "Navigation Act" which put him in charge of the surrounding area and the harbour.  The dockyard was kept busy refitting English ships sailing and trading in the Caribbean.  He was under the command of Sir Richard Hughes - who had just blinded himself in one eye chasing a cockroach with a fork.  Hate it when that happens!!!

Admiral Horatio Nelson
Amazing look-alike
Nelson went on to distinguish himself (and die) at the Battle of Trafalgar.

The dockyard is amazing.  Many of the old buildings have been restored and gentrified.  The old Admiral's mansion is now a beautiful boutique hotel.

Nelson's Mansion
Another behemoth
Ye Olde Powder Stores - or something
Just needs a new stand, some powder and a fuse and it's as good as new
Not a fertility site - but the columns to hold up an enormous sail loft
View from Shirley Heights to English Harbour and Falmouth beyond
Rest stop
So Pam has gone home... Glen is in Antigua working hard... sanding, painting, cleaning, scrubbing.  BTW, no new photos for the next 10 days.  Pam took the camera.  We'll have to use file footage.

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