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Vintage Sailor Tattoos and Their Meanings
History

Vintage Sailor Tattoos and Their Meanings

Despite numerous academic studies of various aspects of tattooing— sociological, artistic, psychological —the actual lore of this form of art remains largely non-academic and is often only based on oral tradition centred around certain tattoo artists and styles. However, there is no dispute that tattooing was practiced in early societies in Europe and Asia, and by indigenous cultures worldwide for thousands of years. Although there are indications that seafarers bore tattoos before the 1700s, Captain James Cook’s voyages of exploration…


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Rowe Spurling – WWI Air Ace

Arthur Rowe Spurling was one of several Bermudians who served in both World Wars. In World War I he was a member of the Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps and later a Royal Air Force pilot credited with six aerial victories…


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From Agar’s Island to Dyer’s Island and Back

In cooperation with the Bermuda Natural History Society, Professor Edward Laurens Mark of Harvard University, was instrumental in establishing the Bermuda Biological Station in 1903, initially located at the Frascati Hotel in Flatts. In 1906 the Bermuda Government was planning…


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The Sinking of the ‘Fort Victoria’

Built in 1913 for the Adelaide Steamship Company, the 411-foot Willochra served as a troopship during World War I and was sold to Furness Withy in 1919, refitted and renamed Fort Victoria. Initially operated by the Quebec Steamship Company, she…


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This Month Years Ago: June

James Forbes was one of Bermuda’s most skilled 19th century pilots. A free man by 1824, ten years before emancipation, he was a King’s pilot, eventually becoming warden of the King’s pilots. He died in June 1842. Formed in June…

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The First Movie to Gross $1,000,000

Bermuda Postcards sometimes tell rather amazing stories of Bermuda's past. One such as of Annette Kellermann and the first movie to gross $1,000.000. Produced by Universal Studios at the then huge cost of $35,000, 'Neptune's Daughter' was filmed in Bermuda…