The Baths are the most popular spot on the island, and – perhaps because we visited in October – there was virtually no one there. We had virtually the entire place to ourselves for a few hours.
British Virgin Islands
Virgin Gorda – Diving the Wreck of the RMS Rhone
RMS Rhone was a UK Royal Mail Ship owned by the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company (RMSP). She was wrecked off the coast of Salt Island in the British Virgin Islands on 29 October 1867 in a hurricane, killing 123 people. Her bow section is still relatively intact, and although the wooden decks have rotted away, she still provides an excellent swim-through for divers. Her entire iron hull is encrusted with coral and overrun by fishes (and the local barracuda named Fang), and the cracks and crevices of her wreckage provide excellent habitats for lobsters, eels, and octopi. Her wreckage was also featured in the 1977 filming of The Deep, including a scene of Jacqueline Bisset diving in a T-shirt.*
Local residents of Salt Island found 8 bodies on shore after the wreck and created a small graveyard there:
Virgin Gorda – Beaches and Snorkling
Virgin Gorda – Copper Mine
The mine was constructed in 1837 and its first shaft was sunk in 1838. In two separate periods over the next 24 years, 36 Cornish miners extracted copper ore from this site with the aid of some 140 British Virgin Islands workmen.
The ore was sent by road to Spanish Town (the largest settlement and harbor on Virgin Gorda) along coppermine road (originally built by the miners), and then by ship to Wales. On the return trip the ships would carry provisions, wood for construction, wages for the workers, and coal with which to power the copper mine’s steam engine.
The mine was abandoned in 1862 and was never reopened.
(History courtesy Wikipedia)