Leeward Islands Station

Leeward Islands Station

English Harbour and Falmouth Harbour on Antigua
Active 1743–1821
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Navy
Type Fleet
Part of Royal Navy
Garrison/HQ Nelson's Dockyard

The Leeward Islands Station [1] was a formation or command of the Kingdom of Great Britain and then the United Kingdom's Royal Navy stationed at English Harbour,[2] Antigua, Leeward Islands from 1743[3] to 1821.


During the 18th and 19th centuries Antigua served as the head quarters of the Commander in Chief of the Leeward Island Station which was the British navy's important base in the Eastern Caribbean area during the Napoleonic Wars. The Station, was formed in 1743 as a separate command to the older Jamaica Station[3] to contribute to a permanent British naval presence in the area to protect Britains sugar producing islands and its convoys. During the Seven Years' War a number of large scale naval actions were conducted by the Royal Navy from this Caribbean base, one of it's major engagements was the Battle of the Saintes. The station was in existence from 1743 to 1821 when it was abolished the last commander-in-chief was transferred to the larger North America Station.[4]


Notes:Incomplete list Commanders included:[4]


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  7. Billias, George Athan (1972). The life and correspondence of the late Admiral Lord Rodney. Boston: Gregg Press. p. 8. ISBN 9780839812715.
  8. "Dictionary of Canadian Biography SWANTON, ROBERT, naval officer". biographi.ca. University of Toronto, 2016. Retrieved 17 November 2016.


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