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A Forgotton Chapter: Blacks in the Building of Dockyard

The construction of the Dockyard generated the largest military defence utilisation of money, manpower and materials in nineteenth century Bermuda. With bases already established at Antiqua (1743) and Halifax (1749), the building of the Yard provided a critical third prong to British naval power in the North Atlantic. Following the 1809 purchase of 130 acres of the Ireland Island group which included Boaz and Watford Islands, thousands of men laboured to build one of the most significant fortifications in the…


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8 Stunning Vintage Shots of Bermuda’s Shores

Can you can guess where these striking shots were taken? Some of these beaches or seascapes are unrecognisable to the younger generation. As hurricanes rip across our shores they change the cliff faces and sandy bays year by year. Reacquaint…


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From Battlefields to Lily Fields

Bermuda’s history has been marked by chance arrivals whose unexpected advent has nonetheless had major consequences for the island—most famously, for example, the 1609 shipwreck of the Virginia-bound Sea Venture. So it was with both lilies and their first commercial…


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The Missionary and the Easter Lilies

More than eighty years ago, a story first appeared in print about the origins of the famous Bermuda Easter lily. The tale, told to writer Louisa Smith by a member of the Outerbridge family, has all the hallmarks of a…


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The President Who Loved Bermuda

This article was taken from our archives. It first appeared in the January 1955 issue of The Bermudian. It appears here exactly as it did originally. Probably no one in its long history ever loved Bermuda more than Woodrow Wilson,…

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The History of the Mary Celestia Shipwreck

Did the Mary Celestia sink because of a marine pilot's incompetence, or because of his sympathies towards the American unionists? The Marie Celestia has a lively military past, running contraband through unionist naval blockades. The ship has also recently been…