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of a gentle stream fills the gorge and shards of light penetrating the vegetation provide magical shadows on the ancient rock. A bit further down the stream, still on the park site, are the romantic ruins of an indigo factory from the Colonial period, which the forest is slowly reclaiming. Another fascinating historical landmark cared for by the Trust is Fort Duvernette , also known as Rock Fort. Built in the 1790s, it towers over Calliaqua Bay and Indian Bay and is the most heavily fortified piece of real estate in the country. Its guns sit on a 190ft volcanic plug which sticks out of the sea just behind Young Island. The fort was built to protect the colonial hub of Calliaqua where sugar was loaded onto ships bound for English ports. The British had good

ships were English built and not flying French colours and many plantation owners assumed they were merchant ships and refused any suggestion of attacking them. They regretted this soon after, when the French landed and took control of the island. There is a staircase which snakes up the rocky outcrop to two gun decks, with original cannon from the reigns of George II and George III. The site has a rich natural heritage too, with lush flora clinging to Fort Duvernette. The Royal Marines who might have once been seen guarding Fort Duvernette wore red coats which earned them the nickname ‘lobsters’. Today the lobsters have been replaced by beautiful sea birds such as Ramier Pigeons, Blue Herons and Sea Hawks. The views from the top battery are superb – the Windward Coast

There are many mysteries surrounding Fort Duvernette which you can try to answer while exploring the site. Why does it have a French name but British cannon? Who built the stairs up to the top of the Fort? And how did they get the cannon all the way to the top? Opposite: Fort Duvernette Photo courtesy SVG National Trust Below left: Exhibits at the National Trust headquarters at the old Carnegie Building in Kingstown Photo: Nicola Redway Below right: The Layou Petroglyph Photo: Calvert Jones

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reason for building a fort here. It was at Calliaqua Bay that the French launched their invasion on St. Vincent in 1783. Their

of St. Vincent stretches out before you and the Grenadine Islands of Bequia and Mustique are also visible from the Fort’s gun decks.

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