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Keywords:

  • Caribbean;
  • lighter;
  • sailing;
  • African diaspora

The island of Nevis in the eastern Caribbean was until recently home to a unique traditional-built sailing lighter. The last two working vessels were hauled out for the last time only in 2001. The lighters of Nevis have a rich history and were built without plans, conforming to traditional proportions and practices. One of these vessels was carefully documented by the author in the grounds of the Horatio Nelson Museum in Charlestown before it completely succumbed to the elements. The vessels have since deteriorated and are gone. The maritime legacy of Nevis and the lighters are described.

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