NELSONS DOCKYARD NATIONAL PARK

HISTORY

English Harbour has been the haunt of many famous naval officers including Rodney, Nelson, Collingwood, Prince William Henry, Hood, and Cochrane. Today the Dockyard at English Harbour is named after the victor of the battle of Trafalgar, Admiral Lord Nelson. Nelson was based at English Harbour from 1784 to 1787. He was Senior Captain at 27 years of age and became temporary Commander-in-Chief of the Leeward Islands for a short time.

At the yard, there were skilled resident tradesman and artificers, many of them black. They were employed for the repair of ships. The Bosun was in charge of labourers who were Africans, and who were bought by the Navy and were known as the King's Negroes. Their responsibilities included the building and maintenance of facilities and wharves, the warping of ships into the harbour and the preparation work prior to careening.
      
Today you can visit Nelson's Dockyard where many of the restored buildings house modern facilities that still reflect the naval heritage of English Harbour. Private yachts now replace Naval vessels in the harbour, But English Harbour remains a favourite port for those making the long Atlantic crossing.   
 
English Harbour and Nelson's Dockyard also has a number of tourist facilities, including banks, restaurants, t-shirt market and tour and travel agencies.
 

 

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“MUST SEE ON ANTIGUA” REVIEW ON TRIPADVISOR

Monday 4th March 2013
Take a look below at this excellent review of Nelson's Dockyard....
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SUMMER TIME FUN IN THE NELSON

Wednesday 20th June 2012
The National Parks Authority's Visitors Service Department presents Summer Time Fun in the Nelson's ...
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HMS BOREAS MEMORIAL RACE WAS HELD ON NOVEMBER 20

Tuesday 22nd November 2011
The HMS Boreas Memorial Race, conceived as a part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of Nelson’s D...
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DOCKYARD AT 50 IS A MODEL OF RESTORATION

Friday 18th November 2011
Nelson’s Dockyard celebrated the 50th anniversary of its restoration with a fitting ceremony on Mond...
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NELSON'S DOCKYARD RACE SERIES NEXT MONTH

Tuesday 18th October 2011
As part of its 50th Anniversary celebrations, Nelson’s Dockyard will hold a series of two races on N...
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DOCKYARD CHRISTMAS CHAMPAGNE PARTY

Thursday 25th December 2014, 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Read More

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