Antigua's Greatest Hits: Nelson's Dockyard Tour and Scenic Drive by Private Vehicle
This is a private tour and each vehicle holds a maximum of 6 travelers. All 3 stops have concrete paths. Nelson's Dockyard has a walk of approximately 200 to 300 yards whilst the other 2 stops have walks on flat concrete paths of about 50 yards each. Walking during free time is at the discretion of the travelers.
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By 1781, Britain had lost all of her West Indian colonies, so English Harbour and its dockyard were of critical strategic advantage. It protected ships from stormy weather, it was large enough for large ship repairs, it helped protect British sugar interests, and it enabled Great Britain to monitor French naval activity.
To introduce order and protect the remaining British interests, the crown sent Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson. At only 26 years of age, he took control of the garrison, putting an end to other countries' under-the-table trading, including America's.
Abandoned in 1889, it was renamed Nelson's Dockyard during its 1950s restoration. As the world's largest Georgian-era shipyard, it is still very much in use, and is at the same time, the largest National Park on the island.
Today, visitors enjoy exploring the Dockyard Museum in the former Admiral's home, the shops, the restaurants, as well as the surrounding forts and lookouts above – Shirley Heights, and the Blockhouse Ruins.
Turning a blind eye
Early in his military career, Horatio Nelson (namesake of Nelson's Dockyard) lost sight in one eye. In a later battle, his overly cautious superior signaled to retreat. Defiant, Nelson lifted the telescope to his blind eye, said "I really do not see the signal." He pressed on, won the battle, and was appointed fleet Commander-in-Chief. Thus the idiom, "turning a blind eye" was born.
Non-refundable if canceled within 24 hours of requested services.