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8 days discovering the US Virgin Islands on a superyacht

8 days discovering the US Virgin Islands on a superyacht

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Day 2

Hassel Island

For those looking to go sailing through history while relaxing in the US Virgin Islands, then a day exploring Hassel Island is a must, especially as it's a mere stone's throw away from Water Island. A rich tapestry of sites left over from the history books, visitors can sightsee via the self-guided walking trail, or the more adventurous can go kayaking or snorkelling.

During the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815) the British troops had headquarters on Hassel Island, utilising the pre-existing Danish fortifications while adding more than 30 new military structures over the years. Discover Shipley's Battery, the Officers' Quarters and the British barracks complex, as well as the British Army hospital, Fort Willoughby and the Creque Marine Railway, among other fascinating artefacts.

Picture courtesy of Shutterstock.com / David Brimm

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