Antigua Guided Drive and Nelson's Dockyard Tour

4 Hours
Group Activity
Cruise Friendly

From (USD) $65

Antigua Guided Drive and Nelson's Dockyard Tour

4 Hours
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From (USD) $65

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      Antigua Guided Drive and Nelson's Dockyard Tour

      St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda
      From (USD) $65
      • Scenic drive: Your local driver doubles as your guide through the stunning Antigua countryside, telling you about the villages you'll pass through and the history of the island.
      • Guided tour of Nelson's Dockyard: A National Park guide will take you on a short guide through Nelson's Dockyard, with its beautifully restored buildings and points of interest. Afterwards, enjoy a complimentary rum or fruit punch.
      • Free time: Now that you have the lay of the land, set off on your own to explore the Dockyard, visiting the museum, art gallery, shops, cafes, and bars.
      About this St. John's tour

      American's newfound independence didn't sit well with the British Crown back in the late 18th century, just one reason Horatio Nelson was sent to the Leeward Islands aboard the HMS Boreas. His mandate was to enforce the Navigation Acts, which prohibited trade with the brand new United States of America.

      Nelson's strict interpretation of the Acts didn't win him many friends on Antigua or the nearby island of Nevis. The merchants on both islands had come to rely on trade with the Americans. So, after Nelson seized several American ships illegally trading in the West Indies, the captains of those ships sued him for illegal seizure. The merchants sided with the Americans and Nelson was threated with imprisonment. In fear Horatio sequestered himself on his ship for eight months, until the courts ruled in his favor. He didn't even step foot on the dockyard, then called the English Harbor Station, the Crown's base of operations in the West Indies.

      The Royal Navy abandoned the dockyard in 1889, and it was only after it was restored in the 1950s that it was renamed in honor of Admiral Horatio Nelson. Clearly he'd been forgiven … even if it took a few hundred years.

      It pays to have friends in high places

      As captain of the HMS Boreas and second-in-command of the Leeward Island Station, Horatio Nelson was the superior officer to the young Prince William Henry, captain of the HMS Pegasus. When Captain Nelson married Fannie Nisbet on Nevis, the prince even served as his best man. Later, Prince Henry went on to be crowned King William IV, but Nelson didn't live long enough to benefit from the friendship.


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      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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