Pelican Island (Barbados)

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Pelican Island
Barbados-Antigua expedition; narrative and preliminary report of a zoological expedition from theUniversity of Iowa to the Lesser Antilles under the auspices of the Graduate College (1919) (14770217284).jpg
Item 6. Voluta musica, variety carneolata collected at Pelican Island, Barbados by Barbados-Antigua expedition in 1919.[1] Per Lamarck. [2]
Pelican Island is located in Barbados
Pelican Island
Pelican Island
Pelican Island is located in Lesser Antilles
Pelican Island
Pelican Island
Pelican Island is located in Caribbean
Pelican Island
Pelican Island
Coordinates13°06′02″N 59°37′43″W / 13.10056°N 59.62861°W / 13.10056; -59.62861Coordinates: 13°06′02″N 59°37′43″W / 13.10056°N 59.62861°W / 13.10056; -59.62861
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Pelican Island was a small uninhabited island that once existed off the west coast of Bridgetown and Fontabelle, in St. Michael, Barbados.[3]


According to historical record, the island received its name from brown pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) that would nest there. To get there, one could have used one of the pair of nearby boat jetties along the Barbados shoreline, or during low tide it was believed to have been possible to wade out to the island as well.

The island held a quarantine facility specifically for sick crew and passengers from ships, in order to prevent spread of infectious diseases to the mainland. There were housing facilities for patients, a morgue, a caretaker's quarters and a laundry area equipped with a cauldron for boiling clothes for sterilisation.

Over the five years of 1956 to 1961 the Caribbean Sea between the island and Barbados was reclaimed and filled in during the building of the Bridgetown Port,[4] and now Pelican Island has become incorporated into the mainland in the Bridgetown Deep Water Harbour complex.[5]

Tourist attraction[edit]

There is now a tourist attraction called The Pelican Village ("Pelican Crafts Centre") in the area, at the port, as a tribute to the separate island that once existed there.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Charles Cleveland Nutting Barbados-Antigua Expedition (1919), 330 pages, Kessinger Publishing ISBN 978-1120264879
  2. ^ VOLUTIDAE - Voluta musica carneolata, Lamarck, 1811
  3. ^ Pelican Island (historical)
  4. ^ The Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society , Volumes 46-48, p.79 (2000)
  5. ^ Pelican Island, Barbados Investment and Development Corporation.
  6. ^ Pelican Village