THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 324.
Report from Lieutenant Drummond of H.M.S. Tavistock of his
visit to the Island of Tobago.
Source :-British Museum. Additional Mss. 32840.
Published by the courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum.
September 23rd, 1751.
Remarks of the Enquiry into the State of the Island of Tobago.
September 5th. Man of War Bay, orJean le Maur. Avery
large and commodious bay for shipping ; steep fiom side to
side ; has several fresh water rivei s also a fine place for wood.
Found no inhabitants.
Went from Man of War Bay in the pinnace to Little
Tobago or L'Anse Batteau, a bay fit for small vessels. Found
here three French, one Spaniard and five Indians. Four huts
near half a mile from which the French have planted a spot
of land about 20 feet square with sugar cane of which they
make a kind of wine. Also plantains, bananas, coin, potatoes
and pumpkins growing.
Little Hog Bay. A fine large deep bay wilh good anchoring
near the shore from 16-io fathom of water and has a fine fresh
water river. Here is only one Indian hut and 4 to 5 Indians
who have very fine sugar cane, plantains and cassada, &c.
September G6th. Great Hog Bay. Called by the Indians
Carapouse. This is a large open bay quite unsafe for ships
to ride in being entirely open to the trade wind and has many
rocks at the waters edge. Here is a fine fresh water river.
Found here but one hut with about to Indians who have
sugar cane, plantains, cassada, etc.
Riviere des Chiens or Dog River. A large open bay
with two or three fresh water rivers. Found no inhabitants.
Grand River. A large open bay or road with a fine fresh
water river. Found no inhabitants.
Petit Anse. A very small bay only fit for boats. Has a
fresh water river. Found here 9 huts and about 30 to 40
Indians who have sugar cane, plantain, cassada, etc.
Cochon Gras. A kind of double bay but unsafe and fit
only for small sloops. Has a fresh water river. Found here
2 huts but only one Indian.
Minister Bay. An open bay uninhabited.
Great Rockly Bay. A large open bay with a fresh water
river. Found a hut but no inhabitants. The remains of the
French fortifications are entirely overgrown with weeds.
Little Rockly Bay. A small open bay. Found two huts
inhabited by five Frenchmen who have plantains, Indian
September I7th. La Guira or Tavoir. Found a shed
here but no inhabitants.
Sandy Point. Found here a shed inhabited by two
Frenchmen and one Spaniard.
September i8th. Little Courland Bay. Found here one
hut and one shed inhabited by two French and three Indians.
They have plantains, pumpkins, etc.
Great Courland Bay. A large open bay with three fresh
water rivers. Found two huts with four Frenchmen with
plantains, pumpkins, cassada, etc.
Formagie Bay. A small bay with a fresh water river. It
is only fit for sloops and boats. Found here two huts with
four French and about 8 to io Indian slaves. Here are
September i9th. Castara Bay. A fine sandy bay fit for
sloops. Has a good fresh water river. Found no inhabitants.
English Bay. A fine bay for sloops with a fresh water
river. Found no inhabitants.
Parlatuvier Bay. A very fine sandy bay fit for sloops or
Mall vessels with a fine fresh water river. Found two huts
with two Frenchmen and one Indian. They have plantains,
Erasmus or Bloody Bay. A very fine sandy bay fit for
small vessels with a fine fresh water river. Found no
Fourmi Bay. A small bay fit for boats. Uninhabited.