History

This Month in History

This Month Years Ago: July
This Month in History

This Month Years Ago: July

In the Bermuda Gazette of July 18, 1818, sailmaker David Davis, advertised that he had “respectfully” informed the public he had “taken Mr. Astwood’s ferry, by his kind approbation, with a commodious Boat for ferrying passengers across, being the first started in this employment, and would be thankful for encouragement.” Thus started the Lower Ferry service taking passengers across the harbour from Hamilton to Crow Lane. In July 1825, Miss Pallais, possibly the daughter of Peter Pallais, a famous silversmith…


This Month in History

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…


This Month in History

This Month Years Ago: May

Pictured above: Aquarium Curator James Burnett-Herkes “rescues” a 20-ft. sperm whale which had got itself trapped in Castle Harbour. Mr Burnett-Herkes and helpers bent a line on to the whale’s tail and towed it out through Castle Roads. Last seen…


This Month in History

This Month Years Ago: April

Take a look back at this month in history. The very first gunshot of the American Revolutionary War sounded on 19 April 1775, precipitating the Battle of Lexington in Massachusetts. Who actually fired the shot is unknown but his action…


This Month in History

This Month Years Ago: March

Take a look back at this month in history. March 10, 1973, Sir Richard Christopher Sharples, the Governor of Bermuda, was assassinated near Government House. After a dinner party, the Governor took his Great Dane, Horsa, for a walk in…

This Month in History

This Month Years Ago: February

Take a look back at this month in history. On February 11, 1835 an American slave ship, the Enterprise was travelling between Alexandria, Virginia and Charleston, South Carolina, when it was caught in bad weather and forced to land in Bermuda in…