English Harbour [i.e. Saint Johns], Antigua, 1912
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290 x 217 mm. A view from Ordnance Bay looking south along English Harbour to the sea. In the middle distance, jutting out into the bay from the right, is the dockyard of English Harbour. Situated on the south coast of Antigua 12 miles from St. John's the dockyard works were substantially completed by 1746 although the surviving buildings are of later date. The dockyard was abandoned in 1889 although the harbour itself was used by men of war until the mid 1890’s and for several years following this English Harbour was the port of call for steamers of the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company. On the hillside opposite the dockyard stands Clarence House, built for the accommodation of Prince William Henry (afterwards Duke of Clarence and King William IV) who was on the Leeward Islands Station in command of H.M.S. Pegasus in 1787. On the farthest spit of land, nearest the ocean, stood Fort Berkeley, which, together with the Horse Shoe Battery on the eastern entrance, formed the harbour’s seaward defences.
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- From the Fonds: Bell, Sir (Henry Hesketh Joudou, 1864-1952, Knight, colonial governor) (Person)