– 9 February 2011
Encouraged by Sulana we decided to head north to St
Pierre, a town at the north of Martinique
some 32nm away.
Our route took us inside Diamond Rock:
Diamond Rock in 1804 at the height of the Napoleonic War, in lieu of a
suitable ship to guard the coast of Martinique
was commissioned as a ship and for 18 months was garrisoned and equipped with
cannon and supplies. Getting cannon up the steep sides of this ship must
have been quite a feat.
Anchoring at St Pierre
proved a challenge due to the large number of yachts occupying the small amount
of available space on the narrow 10m shelf that rapidly dripped off to 30-50
metres. The whole situation was complicated by fishing buoys and moored
local boats. Eventually and on the fifth attempt I was happy that we were
in 10 metres, could not swing into anything and were not likely to get fouled
up with fishing traps. Alan, Sue, David and Ginny joined us for
sundowners to celebrate.