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 the grounds. He was accompanied by his aide-de-camp, Captain Hugh Sayers of the Welsh Guards. All three were ambushed and shot dead.
  • By the 19th century, picturesque Flatts Bridge could be opened so that ships could pass through, the charge for which was 10 shillings. March 11, 1833, the Gazette reported Flatt’s Bridge would be removed on the 19th of the same month and “the Passage remain uncovered for several days.”
  • It seems royal weddings have always attracted press coverage. The Gazette reported that on 25 March 1840, after sailing for a week from New York, the brigantine Factor anchored in Bermuda especially to bring news of “the MARRIAGE of our ILLUSTRIOUS QUEEN VICTORIA to HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE ALBERT of Saxe Coburg and GOTHA”. The marriage had taken place at the Chapel Royal in St. James Palace the previous February. “Knowing with what anxiety and interest the full particulars of the marriage of our beloved Queen was looked forward to in Bermuda, we made arrangements abroad to have a large number of the most accurate description of that happy ceremony, printed and sent to us.” These copies arrived on the Factor. The arrangement proved to be more expensive than was anticipated.
  • The Eisenhower-Macmillan Conference, otherwise known as the Big Two, was held at the Mid-Ocean Club in Bermuda from March 20-24, 1957. In addition to discussing the Suez situation, President Dwight Eisenhower and Britain’s Prime Minister Harold Macmillan discussed the UN, the British economy, nuclear proliferation and the US fear of increasing communist influence in Europe, especially in France, Italy and Germany.
  • In March 1995 the lowering of the white ensign at HMS Malabar signalled the closure of the Royal Navy Base, marking the end of its 200-hundred-year link with Bermuda.
  • Competing in the World Indoor Championships in Barcelona, Spain in the March of 1995, champion Brian Wellman became Bermuda’s first gold medallist at the indoor games with a triple jump of 17.72 metres.
  • Such is Bermuda’s isolation it would seem near impossible for a soldier to desert. However, in March 1847, Colour Sergt. Harvey of the 20th Regiment managed it by sailing from St. George’s in the American schooner Deposite to the Coast of Africa. He absconded with the month’s pay of the men in his Company. He apparently owed money to people in St. George’s and in Hamilton.
  • The Horse Ferry, which carried passengers to and from Coney Island and Ferry Point, could sometimes be perilous as recounted in the Gazette of March 1848. “…when attempting to cross in the boat for the Morning Mail, the wind being East, the boat was struck by a heavy sea, which nearly half filled her with water, and caused the warp which leads from one side of the landing to the other, to be jerked out of the hands of the boatmen.” Fortunately, they were rescued by Peter Outerbridge and two others and towed into Burchall’s Pond.