Deep Bay   5 comments

After a couple of days at Jolly Harbour we headed up the coast to Deep Bay, the name is a bit misleading as the bay isn’t very deep at all. There is a wreak at the entrance, it’s a ship called the Andes.

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The Andes was a three-masted steel sailing barque built in England in 1874.  In early June of 1905, it left Trinidad with a cargo hold full of pitch (tar) bound for Chile.

They first sailed northeast before sailing south in order to sail the trade winds to Cape Horn, but had a problem approaching Antigua.  The barrels of pitch were rubbing against each other and this generated a lot of heat, enough to create smoke that started drifting above decks.

The captain of the ship wanted to anchor in St. Johns Harbor, but the harbormaster directed them to Deep Bay.  The busy St. Johns Harbor was no place for a burning ship – it would have been a hazard to any other vessel in the harbor.

So they anchored in Deep Bay, and as soon as the hatches were open enough oxygen was introduced to the cargo holds to ignite the tar.  The ship burned and sank bow first, but all of the crew were spared.

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The beach was very nice with not a lot of people, there was a small bar where we could grab a beer to cool down, we spoke to all 7 guests of the hotel, not many guest for such a large hotel. This is a shot from Goat Mount looking down at said Hotel and the small bar at the top of the beach.

On the way up to the Fort.

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A shot of Kapowai from the fort at the top of Goat Mount.

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Posted May 19, 2016 by rigmover in Antigua

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  1. Pingback: Deep Bay – Rewind Selector

  2. Awesome shots Mark.

  3. Beautiful…..the pix, not the Andes wreck.

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