Old Naval Hospital
Behind the old garrison wall off New St stands the dilapidated two-story Old Naval Hospital, built by Bowling Ironworks in Bradford, UK,...
St Peter’s Church
Built in 1725 of red brick, this church is handsome within, despite its faux brick facade of cement. Note the floor paved with original...
Old Gaol House
The only fully restored historical structure in town is the sturdy Old Gaol House, made of cut stone on Gaol Alley. It predates the 1692...
This is a funky watering hole drawing locals who wash in and out, overindulge in white rum, munch on fried fish and pick fights. It has...
Red Jack Restaurant
Offering gratifying panoramic views of Kingston Bay from its outdoor waterfront setting and top-notch seafood, this is Port Royal’s more...
Fort Charles information
Jamaica’s latitude and longitude are measured from the flagstaff of Fort Charles, a weathered redoubt originally laid in 1655, and the only one of the town’s forts to survive the 1692 earthquake. Originally washed by the sea on three sides, the fort is now firmly landlocked due to the gradual silt build-up.
At its peak, 104 guns protected the fort. Many cannons still point out from their embrasures along the restored battlements. In the center of the courtyard stands the small, well-presented Maritime Museum , containing a miscellany of objects – from glassware and pottery to weaponry – retrieved from the sunken city. Horatio Nelson, who later became Britain’s greatest naval hero, lived in the small ‘cockpit’ while stationed here for 30 months.
Behind the museum is the raised platform known as Nelson’s Quarterdeck, where the young Nelson was kept watch for enemy ships amid fears of a French invasion. A plaque on the wall of the King’s Battery commemorates his time here.
A small red-brick artillery store, the 1888 Giddy House , sits alone just behind the fort. The 1907 earthquake briefly turned the spit to quicksand and one end of the building sank, leaving the store at a lopsided angle. Next to the Giddy House is a gun emplacement with a massive cannon – which also keeled over in 1907.