Fort Shipley Ruins

Built during the British Occupation, Fort Shirley was meant to fortify the harbour and secure British Naval Supremacy. However, in time the fort would find itself slowly crumbling and forgotten. Luckily for it though, its relative isolation ensured that during stone shortages that its walls were not scavenged, at least not by human hands. Weathering and time has taken its toll and today the fort stands as ruins. Travelers to the area are still likely to see the major perimeter of the walls, as well as many artifacts throughout the area.


You will still be able to see the walls of the fort, and several buildings still have their foundations. As you walk through the woods to get here, you may also notice that there are more than just trees. Old buildings have been reclaimed by the island, a striking image compared to Charlotte Amalie just across the channel.

Staying Close

Hassel Island is a good option for those wishing to visit Fort Shipley Ruins, because those staying in this region of the Virgin Islands will be excited to have easy site access throughout their trip. Though the area isn't a massive tourist destination, you'll nevertheless find a reasonably good selection of lodgings to choose from.

Hotels near Fort Shipley Ruins
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Olga's Fancy Guest house 0.3 mi. (1.4 km) WNW
Miller Manor Hotel 0.5 mi. (1.0 km) N
The Crystal Palace B & B 0.6 mi. (0.6 km) NNE
Bellavista Bed and Breakfast B & B 0.7 mi. (0.6 km) NNE
Bunker Hill Hotel B & B 0.7 mi. (0.4 km) NE
Galleon House Bed & Breakfast B & B 0.7 mi. (0.3 km) NE
Windward Passage Hotel Hotel 0.8 mi. (0.3 km) NE

Location and What's Nearby

Fort Shipley Ruins, on the same premises as Hassel Island Historic Park, is found on the northern part of Hassel Island;

To get the fort, you will need a private boat, kayak, or book a charter to Hassel Island. From there you will need to hike Southeast of the slipway. There are few maintained trails and no paved roads, so it is useful to have a GPS, good hiking shoes, and at least a decent working knowledge of the area.

There is a modest selection nearby alfresco activities to participate in while you and your party aren't taking in Fort Shipley Ruins. Historic site visitors also interested in golfing should look into the nearest course, Herman E. Moore Golf Course. Uneventful moments can also be spent at Sprat Bay Beach, the closest beach. Although you might find your options limited, one or two other equally enjoyable outdoor possibilities to choose from nearby. If you and your family would prefer to stay out of the sun, there are also a handful of additional attractions within a short range. One of the most closest indoor attractions easily reached from the historic site is Creque Marine Slipway Ruins, and you can find it a short distance away.


Contact Information

Location: Hassel Island



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