Port Antonio Dockyard
|HM Dockard, Port Antonio|
|Part of Jamaica Station|
|Port Antonio in Jamaica|
|Controlled by||Navy Board|
The Port Antonio Dockyard was a shore establishment of the Royal Navy located at Port Antonio, Jamaica in the West Indies. It was established in 1729 to service the Jamaica Squadron as part of the Jamaica Station. However the investment by the Department of Admiralty proved fruitless as the anchorage at Port Antonio was unsettled and the dockyard was abandoned in 1749.
The possibility of a pending war with the Kingdom of Spain during the 1720's and 1730's led the Department of Admiralty to conclude that it needed build an second base of operations for the Royal Navy's Jamaica Squadron. Port Antonio was initially selected as an alternative location to the main Jamaica Dockyard at Port Royal due to a succession of damaging hurricanes affecting it, this new facility was established in 1729, Construction work at the new base including a careening yard and victualling and naval stores buildings was completed by 1735. However Port Antonio proved to be an unsettled bay on the opposite side of the island of Jamaica; and the climate there was not agreeable, resulting in high levels of sickness among seamen and yard staff based there. The Royal Navy abandoned Port Antonio in 1749.
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