The View from Fort James

Posted by on Sep 11, 2013 in Blog | 8 comments

Emerald Cruise Ship "Emerald Princess" leaving St. John's Harbour at sunset, Antigua

Emerald Cruise Ship “Emerald Princess” leaving St. John’s Harbour at sunset, Antigua

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The View from Fort James, St. John’s Harbour, Antigua

In the last post we learned the history of Fort James which is one of the two forts guarding the entrance to St. John’s Harbour, Antigua.  Located in the white building at the end of the point on which the fort sits, which I believe was the Captain of the Fort’s quarters, is Russell’s Bar and Seafood Restaurant.  When we stay on the island we make a point of visiting Russell’s at least once to have a beer and enjoy the view from Fort James.  Being that we always visit the island during the winter month’s we are able to catch the sunset whilst watching the cruise ships leave St. John’s Harbour.

Emerald Cruise Ship "Emerald Princess" leaving St. John's Harbour at sunset, Antigua

Emerald Cruise Ship “Emerald Princess” leaving St. John’s Harbour at sunset, Antigua

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Russell Hodge, who unfortunately passed away in March 2011, was responsible for the renovation and preservation of Fort James as well as one of the other historical sites on the island, Shirley Heights,  a restored military lookout and gun battery which commands a spectacular view over both English Harbour and Falmouth Harbour.  It seems Russell was not only interested in restoring the history of the island but enjoyed wonderful views as well. Fortunately for everyone visiting the island, his family is continuing to operate the bar and restaurant at Fort James.  The patio at Fort James commands one of the best views on the island.  Just as when it was an operational fort, anyone standing on the point can see every vessel passing the headland entering or leaving the harbour of St. John’s.

Saga Cruise ship "Quest for Adventure" leaving St. John's Harbour at sunset, Antigua

Saga Cruise ship “Quest for Adventure” leaving St. John’s Harbour at sunset, Antigua

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Most of the traffic during the sunset hour in the winter months is made up of cruise ships leaving the harbour.  We have seen four cruise ships in St. John’s at one time, so there is plenty to point the camera at or just watch as you enjoy a drink or two.

Saga Cruise ship "Quest for Adventure" leaving St. John's Harbour at sunset, Antigua

Saga Cruise ship “Quest for Adventure” leaving St. John’s Harbour at sunset, Antigua

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8 Comments

  1. There must be quite a lot of opportunities for cruise ship shots from that location Mark. I have been to St John’s but not to the fort. Next time. Nice images.
    Len Saltiel recently posted..Wizard IslandMy Profile

    • Many thanks, Len. There are a lot of opportunities for the cruise ship shots but unfortunately for those on the cruises themselves, the best shots are of the ships leaving port in the evening.
      Mark recently posted..The View from Fort JamesMy Profile

  2. Beautiful evening light but some of these look more like floating containers than ‘ships’. The Saga vessel has however got some class to it!
    LensScaper recently posted..Curves and SpheresMy Profile

    • Many thanks, Andy. I agree that the modern cruise ships are not the most attractive looking vessels. I think I read somewhere that this is the last year for Saga’s “Quest for Adventure”. It is one of the oldest vessels on the circuit at nearly thirty years old.
      Mark recently posted..The View from Fort JamesMy Profile

  3. Great series of shots, Mark. The lighting is spectacular and you really captured the scenes nicely. St John’s Harbor looks like a wonderful place to visit.
    Jimi Jones recently posted..At Day’s EndMy Profile

  4. Great shots, love those big clouds, nice work Mark
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