Carval Rock, US Virgin Islands

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The story goes like this:
Once upon a time, back in the early days of Caribbean colonialism, the captain of a British warship, patrolling at night mistook what is now known as Carval Rock for an actual Spanish caravelle. The captain ordered his men to fire upon the ship, which in the light of dawn proved to be, not the sailing ship with two or three masts and lateen sails used by the Spanish and Portuguese in the 15th and 16th centuries, but a big unsinkable rock. It is also part of the story that cannonballs can be found in the vicinity of the rock testifying to the night long battle.


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2 thoughts on “Carval Rock, US Virgin Islands”

  1. That is one big rock! I can see where a dark night and a little imagination would make one think that it was a ship, but the fact that it didn’t fire back should have been a clue! 🙂
    Where is this grouping of rocks located, Gerald? From what beach would I be able to see it?
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Carval Rock is located north of St. John just to the east of Congo Cay. You should be able to see it from the north shore overlooks.

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