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