Saint Pierre wasn’t our next stop in Martinique, that was actually Fort Du France but it was for one night and to break up the journey. Saint Pierre is a small town in the north of Martinique, at the foot of the Mt. Pelée Volcano. Saint Pierre was completely destroyed in 1902 when the volcano erupted with devastating effect, not only was the town completely destroyed but 12 ships sunk as a result of the eruption. Those 12 ships are now all individual dive sites ranging from 10, all the way down to 55m in depth.
Since the eruption the town has been rebuilt but there are still ruins dotted around as a reminder of the horrific events that happened 114 years ago. The town is beautiful and just what you’d expect from a French governed island, and just like nearly every other town we’ve visited in the Caribbean there are cannons facing out to sea.
There are also lots of steps in Saint Pierre as it built on a rather steep slope on the mountains that sit behind it. As you walk round you feel very much like you are in French village (because you are), lots of small shops and cafe’s, and there was even a farmers market on when we arrived. Saint Pierre isn’t big so you can walk round it all in probably half an hour. It seemed like the whole town was out and about, people were milling about everywhere and there was an enormous amount of traffic passing through for such a small town.
As with everywhere else we have been I got a couple of pictures of Ripples II sat in the bay, about 50m from the small beach that lay along the waterfront.
I have another couple of post from our time in Saint Pierre but they both need to be separate posts as they are about a couple of dives we did to a couple of the shallower wrecks in the bay.
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