03-Jan-2022 -- This is the second out of 2 confluence visits during a three-week trip to the Caribbean. We had been to 4 Islands: Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Dominica and St. Lucia. The story starts from 18°N 66°W.
On confluence day, we flew from Dominica to St. Lucia arriving on the airstrip north of the capital city Castries. From the airport, we simply walked into the city – which was almost empty due to a holiday. Despite the heat, we hiked further up the hill where we found the confluence almost on the top.
The location of this confluence is indeed unique: Saint Lucia is with its 606 km2 the smallest country to have a confluence point on land. It is a lucky country (assuming that it is lucky to have a confluence) because on the earth surface there is exactly one confluence in an area of 5’10’100’000 km2 / 64’442 = 7916 km2 on average.
The location of the confluence is also unique because it is in the capital city, on a hilltop and directly at the historic site of the Apostles Battery a former fortification of the British Army.
We first arrived at the upper gate (39 m from the confluence), where we again shouted “hello, hello!” until a woman appeared in one of the windows. I explained our mission to her, but she turned me down, saying that due to Covid she wouldn’t let anyone in.
We went around the block and approached the confluence from the lower side. There is the historic park with cannons, unfortunately neglected. I went through dense shrubs until I reached the fence in a distance of only 12 m to the confluence point. But just when I wanted to take a picture of the screen for evidence, the battery went down. I didn’t have a spare such that I used my mobile phone for backup.
After the visit we walked a bit further. By coincidence, our accommodation in the Coubaril Cloister was less than one kilometre away.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance to a road: 39 m
- Distance to a track: 39 m
- Time to reach the CP from the road: 1 minute
- Time at the CP: 2:54 PM
- Measured height: 223 m (upper approach) and 203 m (lower approach)
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 12 m
- Position accuracy: 3 m
- Topography: hilly
- Vegetation: dense shrubs – but the actual point is probably on the lawn
- Weather: sunny, 26° C (felt temperature)
- Given Name: The British Military Confluence
The story finishes here. Pictures of our trip can be found here.