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Celebrating Our 2018 National Heroes

National Heroes Day is Monday, June 18th and this year, we're celebrating a diverse group of people who paved the way for the Bermudians of today. Let us take time to appreciate their endeavors and successes and where we are now because of them.   Dame Lois Browne-Evans, DBE, JP, LLB (1927-2007) Dame Lois Browne-Evans was named Bermuda's first ever National Hero in 2008 for her lifelong work in Bermuda's government, advocating for a more equitable society. She was Bermuda's first female lawyer, the first female Attorney Gen...

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NASA Tracking: How Bermuda Helped Put A Man On The Moon

Though Cooper’s Island is now a reserve teeming with natural beauty, the environment it held in the 1960s was vastly different. Instead of the hum of insects and the chirrups of long tails, the secluded point on St. David’s buzzed with excit...

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Searing Memories

In June 1730, Sally Bassett, an elderly Bermudian slave, was burned at the stake. She had been convicted of the capital crime of attempting to poison her granddaughter Beck’s owners, Thomas and Sarah Foster, as well as their slave Nancey, the ...

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The Wreck of the Sea Venture: The Untold Story

It is easy for Bermudians to assume the wreck of the ship Sea Venture is a stirring yarn that begins with a hurricane and ends with the captain of the ship, Sir George Somers, on his deathbed, asking that his heart be buried in the islands he ha...

Classic Crow's Nest

April-May 1930

At ten o’clock on Wednesday morning, April 2, the Stinson cabin monoplane, Pilot, powered by a 300-horse power Wright engine, swooped down and settled its pontoons in Hamilton Harbor – the first airplane to bridge the 666 miles of water betw...

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Bermuda in the Privateering Business

Relying on local shipbuilding expertise and the fastest ships, Bermuda’s privateers enjoyed lucrative success. The first couple of generations of settlers in Bermuda had to scramble to make their living. They grew tobacco, of course, and that...