In spite of a lack of timber on Anguilla, a number of large ships have been built on the white sand beaches of Road Bay. The most famous of these vessels, the schooner Warspite, appears on the Eastern Caribbean ten dollar note and carried Anguillans to Hispaniola to cut cane before tourism began to bring much needed currency to the islands. Ironically, the Warspite was destroyed only a few yards from where it was built by a hurricane.
Much older geologically than its neighbor only seven miles to the north, Anguilla lacks the high elevations that contribute to rainfall in the islands. The lack of rain, however, was essential to salt production until only a few decades ago. Ocean water was pumped to depth of a few inches in the salt pond, just north of the beach in Sandy Ground. The tropical sun slowly evaporated the fresh water until the salt crystallized so it could be collected and sold to ships that frequented the harbor. The salt pond is no longer being used to separate salt from sea water but the pump house that covered the mechanical pumps is now a lively bar where you can find a good assortment of Caribbean spirits and something you haven't yet enjoyed.
From Sandy Ground heading easterly up the hill will take you by the Anguilla Rum Company which blends and bottles the Pyrat line of rums.
Several times a year, Anguilla celebrates its maritime heritage with sailing regattas. One of the most important regattas takes place on Easter Monday when boats from other islands come to compete, some with crews that resemble corporate sponsored teams. The rules at these international events are slightly different from other island regattas with the emphasis on fun and spectator participation. If you miss Easter Monday, August Monday is another opportunity to see this colorful spectacle.
- There is only 1 company in this database blending/bottling sugar cane spirits from Anguilla.
- Anguilla Rum Company