It has been raining almost non-stop since late last night and it is just showing signs of letting up at about 14:00. Thinking back over the past weeks aboard, this is actually the first time that it has rained longer than a passing shower or set of rain clouds. Luckily I have the 3-speed Caframo fans aboard to keep from melting inside with the hatches closed. As I've got internet connectivity here in the anchorage I'm using the opportunity to browse the web for the latest news and to respond to long-overdue e-mails.
At about 15:00 the rains stopped for what looked like the last time this day so I got into the dinghy and motored to the somewhat dilapidated cruise-ship docking facility close to the Cabrits national park and Fort entrance. I tied up to what looked like a dinghy dock and the security guard let me out of the locked facility (which really did look closed from the inside as well). I paid my park entrance fee and walked up to Fort Shirley to enjoy the view from the restored fortifications. I then took a walk up the hill, on what started as a wide path but which got progressively narrower as I got higher up the hill. After a half-hour climb I got to the summit and enjoyed the cool breeze (the path was under the trees and nary a whiff of wind made it through the canopy) as well as discovering an old cannon and some of the remains of the buildings which have been reclaimed by the rainforest.
Back aboard after my two-hour tourist trip I got in contact with a cruiser that I'd met in various islands as I recalled that he was trying to set up a business here in Dominica but couldn't remember where. It turns out that he was sitting in Big Pappa's restaurant just across from my anchorage position and I went ashore to exchange tall tales about sailing and have a meal from locally prepared vegetables and produce. After the meal and a couple of local beers, “Kubuli”, I headed back aboard and let myself be massaged by sounds waves generated by a bass rhythm from some massive speakers ashore that were pointed straight at my boat. I can now understand how those military sound-producing devices can shatter walls at a distance; despite earplugs and heavy rain the noise was pretty loud indeed. And I gather that Friday night is just a prelude to even louder Saturday nights...

Heavy rains discolor anchorage waters 24 hours of heavy rains have washed so much detritus into the harbour that the waters are cloudy and full of floating debris.
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Heavy rains discolor anchorage waters
Anchorage after the rains A day's worth of heavy rains has washed a lot of debris into the harbour, murky waters have replaced the crystal-clear waters of the previous day.
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Anchorage after the rains
Path from the water to the Fort Path from the water to the Fort
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Path from the water to the Fort
Fort Shirley waterside gate Fort Shirley waterside gate
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Fort Shirley waterside gate
Path to the main fort inside gate Path to the main fort inside gate
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Path to the main fort inside gate
Tree with vines growing on old wall Tree with vines growing on old wall
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Tree with vines growing on old wall
Forest turning wall to rubble The forces of Nature and the Rainforest will always win over man-made objects, given enough time.
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Forest turning wall to rubble
Main gate cannon Fort Shirley main cannons guarding the approach to the fort's main gate.
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Main gate cannon
Welcome to Fort Shirley Welcome to Fort Shirley
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Welcome to Fort Shirley
Zanshin in the anchorage Looking at the anchorage from inside Fort Shirley.
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Zanshin in the anchorage
Cannon overlooking Portsmouth harbour The restored cannon pointed into the harbour of Portsmouth in Dominica
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Cannon overlooking Portsmouth harbour
Restored cannon Cannons in the restored Fort Shirley in Cabrits national Park on Dominica
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Restored cannon
Small mobile Cannon Small mobile Cannon
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Small mobile Cannon
Fort Shirley water catchment Part of the water catchment system at Fort Shirley
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Fort Shirley water catchment
Upper Fort Shirley building foundations Foundations of old buildings that have yet to be rebuilt.
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Upper Fort Shirley building foundations
Fort Shirley officer's quarters Fort Shirley officer's quarters
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Fort Shirley officer's quarters
Main entrance path Main entrance path
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Main entrance path
Flowering palms Flowering palms
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Flowering palms
Fort Shirley entrance from inside Looking out the main gate of Fort Shirley.
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Fort Shirley entrance from inside
Fortified buildings in the fort Fortified buildings in the fort
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Fortified buildings in the fort
Fort signage I walked up the path in yellow and it was quite a hike up and around the hill.
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Fort signage
Silkwood tree by the gate Silkwood tree by the gate
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Silkwood tree by the gate
Fort Shirley signage and warnings Fort Shirley signage and warnings
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Fort Shirley signage and warnings
Path up the Cabrit hills Path up the Cabrit hills
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Path up the Cabrit hills
Solitary Cabrit cannon Solitary Cabrit cannon
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Solitary Cabrit cannon
Cannon foundry markings Cannon foundry markings
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Cannon foundry markings
Gecko guarding the cannon Gecko guarding the cannon
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Gecko guarding the cannon
Hillside below Cabrits cannon Hillside below Cabrits cannon
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Hillside below Cabrits cannon
Parasitic growths around a jungle tree Parasitic growths around a jungle tree
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Parasitic growths around a jungle tree
Green parasitic vines around a tree Green parasitic vines around a tree
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Green parasitic vines around a tree
Cannon being reclaimed by the jungle Cannon being reclaimed by the jungle
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Cannon being reclaimed by the jungle
Cannon markings in Cabrits Cannon markings in Cabrits
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Cannon markings in Cabrits
Epiphytic growths Epiphytic growths
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Epiphytic growths
Cabrits cannon pointing out to sea Cabrits cannon pointing out to sea
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Cabrits cannon pointing out to sea
Ruins of inner wall at Cabrits Ruins of inner wall at Cabrits
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Ruins of inner wall at Cabrits
The jungle eating away The jungle has pretty much eaten away this section of outer wall to Fort Shirley
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The jungle eating away
Fort Shirley gun emplacement panorama Fort Shirley gun emplacement panorama
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Fort Shirley gun emplacement panorama
Fort Shirley panorama Fort Shirley panorama
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Fort Shirley panorama
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