We moved from Le Marin at the southern tip of Martinique to the northern tip and stopped at the anchorage of St. Pierre.  It was a great trip with the winds and seas from behind or slightly abeam of our direction of sail.  The anchorage at St Pierre is not a protected one and we wanted to make sure we were there with good weather.  As it worked out we had minimal waves coming into the anchorage and had two good nights. 

A famous event occurred here at St. Pierre, it is the Mount Pelee volcano, here is Wikipedia's info on that event:

Mount Pelée (/pəˈl/; French: Montagne Pelée "Bald Mountain") is an active volcano at the northern end of the island of Martinique and is in the Lesser Antilles island arc of the Caribbean.

The volcano is famous for its eruption in 1902 and the destruction that resulted, dubbed the worst volcanic disaster of the 20th century. The eruption killed about 30,000 people, completely destroyed St. Pierre, within minutes of the eruption.  The eruption left only two survivors in the direct path of the flows (with a third reported): Louis-Auguste Cyparis survived because he was in a poorly ventilated, dungeon-like jail cell; Léon Compère-Léandre, living on the edge of the city, escaped with severe burns.   Havivra Da Ifrile, a young girl, reportedly escaped with injuries during the eruption by taking a small boat to a cave down shore, and was later found adrift two miles (3 km) from the island, unconscious.

There is a science center that talks about the volcano event and gives a lot of history on the island of Martinique.  We also explored the city, both the new and some of the old stone buildings that remained after the volcano.  St. Pierre was at one time the largest city on the island but after the volcano it has been slow to rebuild.

 Martinique is a French island and finding a good restaurant was not a problem.  We were able to enjoy a 3 course meal at lunch for only $13 Euros.  The other item we were able to stock up on were our baguettes. 

 We didn't stay too long here, as the weather was turning for the worse, so only one day visit was allowed. 

 

 

 

 

12/08/13: Mount Pelee

St. Pierre anchorage, Mt Pelee in the clouds

Walking the streets of St. Pierre

Walls of the church and a red art sculpture

Science center

pulling into St. Pierre, Mt Pelee in the
 background