oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Barbados Screwdock - oldest surviving shiplift in the world

Volume 18, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



windward approaches to the Caribbean, in the 17th century Barbados was the largest port in the Western hemisphere. By the end of the 19th century there were still some 1 500 vessels a year calling at Bridgetown. The estuarine mouth of the Constitution River, which enters the sea at Bridgetown, became a centre of ship repair and is still known as the ''Careenage'' - the place where ships were careened, i.e. beached and laid over for scraping, painting and repair.

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