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The Consummate Bermudian

The Consummate Bermudian

Rigged for Success

Photo credit: ‘A Bermuda schooner yacht offshore’, oil on canvas by John Lynn, 1834. National Museum Bermuda.   The Bermuda Rig, that innovative sail design that is still, some 400 years after it emerged on local waters, being used on the vast majority of recreational and racing sailboats around the world. But why did it develop here? What were the conditions so special to Bermuda that precipitated such an outstanding and lasting technical advancement? The answer, at least in part, can be…


The Consummate Bermudian

The Bermuda Longtail: Life in Flight

"Dance like nobody's watching; love like you've never been hurt; sing like nobody's listening; live like it's heaven on earth." This sage advice is usually attributed to Mark Twain, the writer and humorist with a deep affection and connection to…


The Consummate Bermudian

The Bermuda Kite

There are not many things that categorically identify as Bermudian. One of them is the Bermuda kite. While stringing together pine sticks and tissue paper is hardly unique to our shores, there is a craftsmanship, aesthetic and measure of success…


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The Bermuda Pilot Gig

Asked to name the vessel that anchors Bermuda’s maritime history most would, justifiably, point to the Sloop, however, the local Pilot Gig was another innovative and uniquely Bermudian craft that played a vital role in Bermuda’s history. While the Sloop…


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Bermuda Silver

Every antique tells a story and that is particularly true of silverware made in Bermuda. Look at a graceful spoon, for example, an elegant tankard or a beautifully crafted teapot, and questions immediately come to mind. Who was the silversmith?…

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Man of Style: Know Your Bermuda Shorts

If you randomly ask anyone around the world what comes to mind when mentioning the word “Bermuda,” you typically will get one of two answers—the Bermuda Triangle or Bermuda shorts.  I’ll save the mystery topic for another writer and will…