Watery Wednesday # 33

Nelson's Dockyard, Antigua.  September 12, 2001.

Nelson's Dockyard, Antigua. September 12, 2001.

This is my post for Watery Wednesday, a weekly meme created and hosted by 2sweeetnsaxy of Eyes, Mind, Heart.  To see more of our beautiful watery world, or to join and post your own pictures to share, click HERE.

The picture above was taken at Nelson’s Dockyard on the island of Antigua.  Nelson’s Dockyard is a restored Georgian yard named in honor of the British admiral Lord Horatio Nelson.

The yard was originally called “His Majesty’s Antigua Naval Yard”.  Construction of the naval yard began in 1725 and was the headquarters of the British Leeward Islands fleet during the late eighteenth and early to mid nineteenth centuries.  This site was selected because the narrow mouth of the harbor which can be seen in the distance was easily defensible.  The facility was closed and abandoned by the British Navy in 1889.

Although Nelson served in the British Navy in the Leeward Islands from 1784 until 1787, his name did not become associated with the naval yard until a major restoration project began in the 1950s.

Tags: , ,

18 Responses to “Watery Wednesday # 33”

  1. shelley Says:

    Like that little puff of cloud in the distance! Nice photo!

  2. connieemeraldeyes Says:

    Nice picture and interesting story.

  3. Pacey Says:

    Wow, that’s a lot of blue water there, so inviting. Great place I bet to chill out.

  4. Busy bee suz Says:

    Great picture and history lesson. Thanks!

  5. Mary Says:

    Very interesting! Now I know some history to go with a familiar name. Lovely photo!

  6. Susie Says:

    Interesting George. Love the blue of the water.

  7. Valkyrien Says:

    Lovely photo George! And how blue that water is! Invites you to take a swim, when water looks so clean!

  8. Fishing Guy Says:

    George: What neat history of the area. That certainly goes way back in time.

  9. imac Says:

    Very neat and interesting post George.

  10. Deanna Says:

    I’m very much enjoying your blog as another Tennesseean (although not native) looking forward to a retirement spent wandering and photographing the countryside as you are. If I can convince my husband – he says he doesn’t want to spend his retirement driving after delivering mail for all his working life! Guess I’d better get used to driving.

    Especially enjoyed the Fall Creek Falls pics – one of my favorite places, as well. Have to love Tennessee waterfalls. Have a wonderful day!

  11. Happyone Says:

    What a beautiful turquoise color that water is.

  12. Indrani Says:

    Interesting bit of history. Nice shot too.

  13. happilyretired Says:

    Interesting information accompanying this lovely watery photo.
    Hugs and blessings,

  14. LEEDRA Says:

    the water is gorgeous.

    Leedra’s Photos For Fun

    Leedra’s Greeting Cards

    Photography By Leedra

  15. Tina Says:

    Loved that little bit of history…always interesting to know some of the local history while visiting..and enjoying that gorgeous blue green water

  16. aguthrieimages Says:

    What a beautiful blue that water is, can’t help but stare at it!
    take care,

  17. Grammy Says:

    What a beautiful place, The water is amazing.

  18. 2sweetnsaxy Says:

    Very interesting info about this dockyard. I couldn’t help but notice the aged bricks at the edge of the water. Very cool.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: