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The Sinking of the ‘Fort Victoria’
History

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 was transferred to the Bermuda & West Indies Steamship Company in 1921. Both companies were owned by Furness Whithy. On December 18th 1929, Fort Victoria left New York Harbour for Bermuda with 269 passengers and 165 crew members on board.…


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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, the 1914 'Neptune's Daughter' was filmed…


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5 Historical Facts about Devil’s Hole Aquarium

Although now closed to the public, Devil's Hole is still home to a myriad of marine life including 150-pound green turtles, groupers, moray eels, and more. Here are 5 historic facts about the natural wonder we're betting you probably don't…


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The Tornadoes of 1953

How Easter Sunday turned into a day of utter destruction. April 5, 1953, was Easter Sunday. Save for the rain, those who observed the holy day did so just as they had all the years before. But just after 6:00…

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The Pandemic of Yore: When Spanish Flu Tookhold of Bermuda

September 1918: After four difficult years, war-weary Bermudians were beginning to hope that the end of the First World War was near. By war’s end, some 80 Bermudians, whether fighting with the Black Bermuda Militia Artillery, the white Bermuda Volunteer…