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

You may enjoy staying on Hassel Island if you plan on visiting Fort Shipley Ruins, since those visiting this region of the Virgin Islands will be excited to have convenient access to the historical site for the duration of their trip. There is a reasonable selection of hotels around the region around this historical site.

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, located at Hassel Island Historic Park, is located on 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.

If you work up an appetite viewing this historic site, you're in luck, since you're going to find a great concentration of dining options within traveling distance. China Express, which has a menu full of Chinese meals, is also the most convenient dining option from this site. It's just around a quarter mile away from this landmark, so stop by and place your order. Also near Fort Shipley Ruins you will have options such as Downtown Deli and Messages Mail & More so with any luck, at least one of these close by dining establishments will satisfy the entire gang.


Contact Information

Location: Hassel Island



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