Spirit Bond, The

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Barbados is famous for its rum, which has always been an important export product. Before there was a deep water harbor, rum for export was stored at the Spirit Bond, along the wharf in Bridgetown. Many old photos of Bridgetown capture the movement of the rum barrels from the bond to the lighter boats, which were used to take the rum further offshore where the larger vessels were docked. After the construction of the Deep Water Harbor, the need to store rum at the Spirit Bond was diminished and it fell into disrepair. As part of its urban renewal program, the Barbados Tourism Investment Inc. restored the bond to become a new mall for shopping in Bridgetown. - Marsilyn Browne

Location:  The Wharf Road, Bridgetown