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Exploring Nevis

Posted by on January 8, 2017

After ringing in the new year the weather was looking like we would be leaving Nevis soon so we wanted to get in some final exploring before we left this beautiful island. On a very rainy day we hopped on one of the local buses to see how far it would take us. We had hoped that it would pass by Nelson’s Spring where British naval hero Lord Horatio Nelson provisioned his flotilla with fresh water.

Nelson’s Spring

We rode the bus through out the west and a bit of the north side of the island paying just 6EC each for the round trip, (just over 2 US dollars each). What a deal! Just as we thought the bus passed right by Nelson’s Spring so this was where we got off. OK, so lot’s of history here but the spring was a bit of a disappointment. It had just a historical marker and a round cement lid covering it. I guess that we were expecting something more grand based on it’s role in history.

Little local fish fry house along the beach.

Monkeys hiding in the trees. These two posed for a photo for us but we thought that there were at least 30 or so others that would not sit still long enough for us to take picture.

After visiting the spring we set off walking and found the beach nearby. We followed it for a while and then decided to head back towards the anchorage. Along the way we passed a family of monkeys! I know that the islanders consider them pest because there are so many of them roaming the island but I thought that they were a treat to see and even got a couple of them to pose for us.

We knew that there was a big, old church somewhere nearby because we could see it from the anchorage so we decided to find it along the way. Well worth the effort, sitting majestically on top of a hill along the coast this Anglican Church was beautiful!

On our last day on the island we decided to visit Nelson’s Lookout.

Saddle Hill is an ancient, weathered, volcanic cone 1,250 feet high at the southern tip of Nevis. Viewing it from the sea, it does have the appearance of a saddle. (It’s on the right side of the pic)

Nelsons Lookout Nevis Saddle Hill Saddle Hill Fortress & Nelson’s Lookout. Saddle Hill Fortress was once his lookout point for spotting arriving ships.

In 1787, Captain Horatio Nelson of HMS Boreas, a 28-gun frigate, was posted to Nevis. Part from the earliest time of settlement of Nevis, the hill had strategic military importance. Sailing ships would almost always approach Nevis from the south because of the direction of the trade winds, and it was natural lookout point. The stone walls facing the sea extend 1,600 feet in length and up to 40 feet in height from one of the three high spots of the hill to a second, which is its highest point. This second point is known as “Nelson Lookout.” Nelson was reputed to have talked the stone walls of Saddle Hill Battery and climbed to the top of the hill, looking for French ships approaching Nevis.

We made it to the top of Nelson’s Look Out!

Many centuries in the making, another Nelson overlooking Nelson’s Look Out.

It always amazing to visit areas that are full of history such as this one. Hiking the rocky paths we were lead to incredible views with a glimpse of the history behind it all. To think of the events that have taken place in this spot is almost overwhelming.

Tomb bearing the name of Philippa Prentis Phillips and her date of death, 11th August 1683 can be found on Saddle Hill, and it is the only grave that is there. They say that Philippa was one of the first women ever to go to Nevis. There is a book I just found out that was written about her called “Rivers of Time”. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet but plan on putting it on my reading list. Looks like a interesting story.

Pretty butterfly or moth that we saw on top of Nelson’s Look Out. Lots of butterflies were up there.

We’ve explored a lot of Nevis but believe it or not there is still more that we have not seen…I guess that we will have to save that for the next time that we visit.

As I am writing this we are sitting in Antigua. The trip over was a bumpy, washing machine kind of ride. Right into the wind and seas, a fun 12 hour crossing. Along the way I was wondering if it would be worth it. Now I know that it was. This island is so beautiful! They claim to have 365 beaches and from what we’ve seen so far it looks as if it could be true and we have lot’s of exploring to do! And history, this island is jam packed full of it too. We can’t wait to check it all out and share with you. Better get going so that we can get off the boat and take some pictures!

Take care all until next time.

Jennifer and Brian

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