Bermuda https://www.bermuda.com Bermuda.com is the island's number one internet portal -- dynamically connecting visitors and locals with Bermudian businesses, products and services through innovation and technology Mon, 02 Aug 2021 19:56:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Did You Know… How Tennis Came to Bermuda? https://www.bermuda.com/know-tennis-came-bermuda/ Mon, 02 Aug 2021 14:28:53 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=15981 Did You Know... How Tennis Came to Bermuda? By Horst Augustinovic When Mary Ewing Outerbridge returned to her Staten Island home from a holiday in Bermuda in 1874, she had trouble getting through customs in New York. In her luggage the customs inspectors had found some curious objects – a long, narrow net, which did

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Did You Know… How Tennis Came to Bermuda?
By Horst Augustinovic

When Mary Ewing Outerbridge returned to her Staten Island home from a holiday in Bermuda in 1874, she had trouble getting through customs in New York. In her luggage the customs inspectors had found some curious objects – a long, narrow net, which did not look like a fishing net, and several implements with handles and webbed heads. Could they be rug beaters, butterfly catchers or perhaps snowshoes?

Miss Outerbridge explained that this was the equipment needed for a new outdoor game called Sphairistiké. A few weeks later this new game – clearly neither cricket nor baseball – was played at the Staten Island Cricket and Baseball Club. Across a net hung between two posts, gentlemen and ladies could be seen hitting a bouncing rubber ball with some sort of bat. Sphairistiké had come to America.

It was earlier in 1874, that Major Walter Wingfield had applied for a patent on “a new and improved portable court for playing the ancient game of tennis.” A British officer and avid sportsman, Major Wingfield claimed that the new “portable court” constituted a new game, as the “ancient game of court tennis” was an indoor affair with complicated rules where a ball could bounce off all four walls and still be in play. Major Wingfield’s game, on the other hand, was far simpler. All it required was a lawn, two posts and a net, and rackets to hit the ball with. It was much like badminton, with the important difference that in lawn tennis a rubber ball was used instead of a feathered “bird”, making for a much more energetic contest.

A classical scholar, Major Wingfield based the name of his new game – Sphairistiké – on a Greek word meaning ‘ball-playing’. For a popular game this was not exactly a great name. One wit wrote ‘I hear that Major Wingfield intends bringing out a game with a Greek name. The name, I understand, will not exceed ten syllables, and may be easily mastered in six lessons’. Since the new game was clearly descended from court tennis, it quickly became known as lawn tennis and Sphairistiké was soon forgotten.

Right to the end of the nineteenth century few ladies ventured on the court in anything but lawn-sweeping skirts and large hats. Only slowly short skirts – that is, just above the ankle – and small hats were introduced. Tennis dress for men, on the other hand, started out on the casual side with knickers, tam’o-shanters, long trousers, colorful cravats, and bright blazers. Gradually, white became the favoured color, and by the end of the century fashionable players were seldom seen on the court in anything else, however, long white trousers and a white shirt was to prevail for another half century.

Other paraphernalia of the game – nets, balls, and rackets – evolved slowly during the early years of tennis. There was little change in the net, a little more in the ball and most of all in the racket. In fact, the search has always been for a racket that would impart more speed to the ball with less effort, and this led to tighter stringing and metal frames. Yes, tennis is a great game and Major Wingfield and Mary Outerbridge deserve every tennis players’ thanks.

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History of Cup Match in Bermuda https://www.bermuda.com/history-of-cup-match/ Mon, 26 Jul 2021 09:00:31 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=8074 Cup Match, a public holiday unique to the island of Bermuda, is a time in which the community enjoys a two day celebration of camping, boating, swimming and most importantly cricket. Every year, before the start of the Cup Match holiday, rival fans can be seen donning their team’s colours - red and navy

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Cup Match, a public holiday unique to the island of Bermuda, is a time in which the community enjoys a two day celebration of camping, boating, swimming and most importantly cricket. Every year, before the start of the Cup Match holiday, rival fans can be seen donning their team’s colours – red and navy for Somerset, pale blue and dark blue for St George’s in preparation for the big event. The venue for the game changes yearly as each side takes a turn in hosting Cup Match; this year the honour falls to St. George´s.

The forerunner to Cup Match was introduced after the abolition of slavery in Bermuda. Men from Somerset and St. George’s met in friendly rivalry and held celebrations of Emancipation by holding annual picnics to mark the anniversary of the abolition of slavery. One of the highlights from the picnics was a friendly cricket match played between lodges from the east and west ends of the island. In 1901, during a cricket match between two major Friendly Societies, an agreement was made to play for an annual trophy. Members of the Friendly Societies and Lodges raised funds and in 1902 a silver cup that was played for annually was introduced. Cup Match was officially born.

In 1947 two official national public holidays were introduced and held annually on the Thursday and Friday closest to 1 August. The first holiday, Cup Match, was renamed Emancipation Day in 1999 and continued the tradition of remembering the end of slavery. The second holiday, Somers Day, commemorated the arrival of Admiral Sir George Somers who colonized Bermuda in 1609. The two-day holiday became the annual two days of cricket for the cup – the Bermuda Cup Match.

However, Cup Match is so much more than cricket. Emancipation Day and the emancipation of slavery symbolizes one of the most significant moments in our history. Emancipation Day acknowledges a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. When the action was determined to abolish the practice of slavery we moved closer to the ideals of bringing our island community together.

The above is an extract from the CURE publication “Emancipation Day – A Day for Reconciliation & Reflection”, courtesy of the Department of Communication and Information.

20 Things You Might Not Have Known About Cup Match
  1. The roots of Cup Match lie in the abolition of slavery in Bermuda on August 1, 1834 when men from Somerset and St. George’s met in friendly rivalry to celebrate Emancipation.
  2. In 1901, during a cricket match between the two Friendly Societies, an agreement was made to play for an annual trophy. Members of the Friendly Societies and Lodges raised funds and in 1902 a silver cup that was played for annually was introduced.
  3. The original cup was ordered from England by the Albert Cann of Somerset Cricket Club.
  4. The first official Cup Match took place on June 12, 1902 at the Royal Naval Field – which is directly opposite Somerset Cricket Club.
  5. Initially the games were played at Garrison Field in St George’s and the Royal Naval Field in Somerset.
  6. The inaugural year of Cup Match in 1902 saw three one-day matches played over three months. The first was in Somerset on June 12, the second in St George’s on July 10, and the third in Somerset on August 21.
  7. In the early years of Cup Match the victorious side would retain home advantage the next year. That later changed so that the winning team could only play at home for two years in succession. But today the venues alternate on a yearly basis.
  8. Cup Match was at the Wellington Oval for the first time in 1921, while Somerset Cricket Club hosted its first Cup Match in 1949.
  9. The first Cup Match at Wellington Oval was played on red clay. Cinder replaced the clay in 1923 and concrete replaced the cinder in 1924.
  10. The concrete wicket was covered in coconut matting— which would be laid out at the beginning of play and then staked down to prevent it moving.
  11. Cup Match was first played on a turf wicket in 1971 in Somerset.
  12. Fans were not charged admission to Cup Match until the early 1920s – before then the sporting spectacle had been free to the public—
  13. Walter Darrell, a tailor, selected St George’s colours of blue and blue. They were based on the English universities of Oxford and Cambridge.
  14. Cup Match was first televised in its entirety for free in 2008 . Previously highlights of the game were shown in the morning and evening on ZBM. Prior to that the game has been covered on the radio since the 1950s.
  15. Wicketkeepers Dennis Wainwright and Woodgate Simmons hold the record for most catches in Cup Match. They both pouched 26 victims. Wainwright also represented Bermuda on the football pitch in the 1967 Pan-American Games while Simmons is the oldest living Cup Match player.
  16. Cup Match has played host to a string of imaginatively nicknamed cricketers over the years. Those who have done battle including: Bummy, Bunny, Friday, Dicty, Bunkers, Bo Jangles, Johnny Cake, Poach, Tit, Beaver, War Baby, Boar, Red, Jigger, Champ, Buller, Bosun, Pig’s Ear, Porgy, Shark-Eye, Cocky, Piggy, Tubby, Bubber, Fleas.
  17. The youngest players to have ever played in Cup Match are Tre Govia for St. George’s in 2008, and Joshua Gilbert for Somersetin 2009. Both were aged 15 when they took to the field.
  18. William Bassett of Somerset has the ominous honour of being the first batsmen to get a Cup Match duck in the 1902 game.
  19. When it comes to records St George’s hold all the cards. Charlie Marshall holds the record for the top run scorer while swing bowler, Clarence Parfitt, is the top wicket-taking tree. What’s more Calvin ‘Bummy’ Symonds is the most successful Cup Match captain, The St George’s skipper was unbeaten — winning eight and drawing one — between 1961 and 1969.
  20. The game of Crown and Anchor has its roots in the days when the Royal Navy were based in Bermuda.

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5 Ways To Soak Up Summer https://www.bermuda.com/5-ways-to-soak-up-summer-in-bermuda/ https://www.bermuda.com/5-ways-to-soak-up-summer-in-bermuda/#respond Tue, 20 Jul 2021 13:16:44 +0000 https://www.bermuda.com/?p=25772 5 Ways To Soak Up Summer This Week As temperatures rise, it's time to really zero in on things to do across the island that involve soaking in the sun, the ocean and enjoying refreshing indulgences before, after and in between. We've listed 5 main ideas with a few supporting tips for each. You

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5 Ways To Soak Up Summer This Week

As temperatures rise, it’s time to really zero in on things to do across the island that involve soaking in the sun, the ocean and enjoying refreshing indulgences before, after and in between. We’ve listed 5 main ideas with a few supporting tips for each. You can email us anytime if your looking for something specific to do.

At the bottom of this post we have listed the main events happening in Bermuda this week. You can also visit our Events Calendar here.

1. Paddle To Paradise

For just $30/hour ($15 per each additional hour) rent a paddle board or a few from Blue Hole Watersports and plan a day explore Castle Harbour and its islands, one of the most scenic forms of paradise in the world. This is a popular spot for locals especially on the weekends where you will find boats rafted up, a small beach cluttered with kids playing, adventure seekers cliff jumping and some of the most beautiful snorkelling spots around the island. The closest grocery stores are Market Place in Shelly Bay or Somers Supermart in St. George’s where you can pick up a few things to make a light picnic. You can also order a picnic box to go from Brumae Cafe in St. Georges.

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2. Chill, Swim, Snorkel or Surf Horseshoe Bay Beach

Bermuda is home to 34+ sandy beaches and coves, with the ones along South Shore known for their stunning pink sand, great snorkeling spots and catching a little surf, Bermuda style. Horseshoe Bay is famous worldwide and the kind of beach you’ll want to make a full day experience of. Stop by Makin Waves and pick up everything from sunscreen, snorkel gear, SPF rashguards and more. If you want to rent a Surfboard for the day contact Isolated Surf Shop.

Take Bus #7 to get to Horseshoe Bay.

Here are 6 more beaches we are loving this summer.

3. Take A Pontoon Boat Out For The Day, Picnic + Explore

Book a Pontoon Boat with Island Tour Centre for a day of fun with up to 10 friends or family. Pick up everything you need for the perfect picnic spread from Miles Market. Choose from 9:00am-1:00pm for half day, morning, 2:00pm-6:00pm for half day, afternoon and 9:00am-5:00pm for full day. View information including prices or book your day and time here.

5. Play Hide & Seek At The Unfinished Church, Then Take A Dip Near By At Tobacco Bay

The impressive Gothic vestige that looms over the town of St. George’s was begun in 1870 as a replacement for St. Peter’s, which had fallen into a state of serious disrepair. Designed by William Hay, the Scottish-born architect who later drew the plans for Hamilton’s cathedral, the St. George’s church was abandoned in 1899 when near completion. After your exploring adventures head to Tobacco Bay for a swim and late lunch or just a few summer cocktails with your toes in the sand!

Bus Routes 1, 3, 10 and 11 that operate between Hamilton and St. George’s.

4. Sail Into The Sunset With Captain Nathan Onboard Ana Luna

One of the best ways to soak up sun in Bermuda is to sail into the sunset onboard a catamaran like the Ana Luna with an experienced Captain like Nathan.
The Cost per person is $89, the cruise leaves from Grotto Bay Beach Resort and explores with commentary and the best sunset views on island from 6pm – 8pm.  There is a cash bar available and a drink may be included in purchase. For more information or to book your cruise visit here.

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Harbour Nights 2021 https://www.bermuda.com/harbour-nights/ Tue, 20 Jul 2021 13:08:18 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=20052 Harbour Nights - Wednesdays until August 25th Harbour Nights has been a staple of Bermuda’s summer calendar for just over 25 years. It is one of the biggest opportunities for Bermuda to showcase her culture, and offers the opportunity for visitors and residents to interact in an open, relaxed environment. The street comes alive with

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Harbour Nights – Wednesdays until August 25th

Harbour Nights has been a staple of Bermuda’s summer calendar for just over 25 years. It is one of the biggest opportunities for Bermuda to showcase her culture, and offers the opportunity for visitors and residents to interact in an open, relaxed environment.

The street comes alive with local vendors and music each Wednesday night. Here you’ll find everything from locally made crafts and stunning artwork to wholesome soul food and fresh baked goods.

Harbour Nights has something to offer everyone, even if it’s just the ambience. Come and find out what it is to be Bermudian at Bermuda’s longest running street festival!

For more information click here 

 

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Bermuda Cup Match 2021 https://www.bermuda.com/bermuda-cup-match-2021/ Tue, 20 Jul 2021 13:00:29 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=8286 Bermuda Cup Match 2021 July 29-30, St. George's During Cup Match, a public holiday unique to the island of Bermuda, the community enjoys a two day celebration of camping, boating, swimming and - most importantly - cricket. Every year before the start of the Cup Match holiday, rival fans can be seen donning

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Bermuda Cup Match 2021

July 29-30, St. George’s

During Cup Match, a public holiday unique to the island of Bermuda, the community enjoys a two day celebration of camping, boating, swimming and – most importantly – cricket. Every year before the start of the Cup Match holiday, rival fans can be seen donning their team’s colours – red and navy for Somerset, sky blue and navy for St. George’s – leaving no question as to which team they support.

The forerunner to Cup Match was introduced to mark Emancipation Day, which took place on August 1st, 1834. Bermudians from Somerset and St. George’s marked the anniversary of the abolition of slavery by holding annual picnics, with the highlight being a friendly cricket match played between lodges from the east and west ends of the island.

In 1901, during a cricket match between two major Friendly Societies, an agreement was made to play for an annual trophy. Members of the Friendly Societies and Lodges raised funds, and in 1902 a silver cup that was played for annually was introduced. Cup Match was officially born.

In 1947 two official national public holidays were introduced and are now held annually on the Thursday and Friday closest to August 1st. The first day of the Cup Match holiday was named Emancipation Day in 1999, and continues the tradition of remembering the end of slavery. The second holiday, Somers Day, commemorates Admiral Sir George Somers, whose ship, the Sea Venture, was on its way to the Virginia settlement when it wrecked in Bermuda in 1609. This shipwreck led to the island’s permanent settlement by the British in 1612.

The two-day holiday became the annual two days of cricket played between the St. George’s Cricket Club and Somerset Cricket Club for the cup – Cup Match.

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Idyllic Ocean Front Dining Even On A Rainy Day At The St. Regis Bermuda Resort https://www.bermuda.com/the-st-regis-bermuda-resort/ https://www.bermuda.com/the-st-regis-bermuda-resort/#respond Thu, 15 Jul 2021 09:02:23 +0000 https://www.bermuda.com/?p=25815 Idyllic Ocean Front Dining Even On A Rainy Day At The St. Regis Bermuda Resort With Bermuda’s unpredictable weather it can be difficult to get excited about a lunch date with a view but at The St. Regis Bermuda Resort, the experience was heightened and proved to be beyond magical. From the minute we

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Idyllic Ocean Front Dining Even On A Rainy Day At The St. Regis Bermuda Resort

With Bermuda’s unpredictable weather it can be difficult to get excited about a lunch date with a view but at The St. Regis Bermuda Resort, the experience was heightened and proved to be beyond magical.

From the minute we walked through the front doors we were greeted with an energetic vibrance and eyes that smiled behind the still mandatory mask. The upscale elegance quickly brought us to a stand-still as we peered around corners in awe. The subtle colours, exquisite décor with historical Bermudian accents throughout, created a gallery-esque experience as we were led through accent rooms to the dining area.  The ocean views are immediately captured through floor to ceiling windows and we felt invited to make ourselves at home as we were seated in the dining room. The beach being so close and children frolicking in the distant waves was so inviting that we asked to be moved outside so that we could join the scenery. The genuine Bermudian atmosphere hit us as we walked through the sliding glass door, it’s one you will want to sink into and just stay a while.

We ordered a few Bermudian classics as the menu hosted a great selection. Fruit punch, local fish sandwiches, local fish tacos, Bermuda Fish Chowder, Bermuda Rum Cake for dessert…

Our server offered us pillows and tucked them behind our backs; it added another level to the experience – that extra step to ensure our comfort. Straws for our drinks were presented in a triangle folded napkin that was not only cute, but appreciated as we remain cautious when dining.   We were graced by a few servers during our seated time dining at Lina, each were so attentive and kind, it’s hard to even remember masks – much like the front desk bellman, they smiled big and genuinely with their eyes.

Lunch was well-received, great portions and we recalled good price points during conversation.  Our plates arrived quickly and our food was at perfect serving temperature with all the fixings to complete our meal. We reveled over the jumbo shrimps and clams that framed the Bermuda Fish Chowder and dipped plump warm French fries into all of the dips to make sure that not one drop of flavor presented escaped our palettes.

As the rain poured, we stayed quite cozy under the perfectly designed awning. It truly was a magical afternoon; a perfect way to enjoy Bermuda at it’s best on a rainy day.

AMENITIES

Beach Front

Rooms with ocean, golf or lush garden views

Onsite restaurant and bar options with ocean view seating

Fitness Centre

An adults only pool with whirlpool and a family pool

An onsite Spa

Golf Course with ocean views

Close to the Town of St. George’s, local restaurants shopping and attractions

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Best Patio In Dockyard For Pizza, Laughter and Fun For The Whole Family https://www.bermuda.com/cafeamici/ https://www.bermuda.com/cafeamici/#respond Mon, 12 Jul 2021 17:30:11 +0000 https://www.bermuda.com/?p=25723 Best Patio in Dockyard For Pizza, Laughter and Fun For The Whole Family. We absolutely love Cafe Amici located on the corner of the Clock Tower Mall in the Royal Naval Dockyard. It's a perfect place for a casual lunch/dinner especially when travelling with kids. Known for their piping hot authentic Italian pizza,

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Best Patio in Dockyard For Pizza, Laughter and Fun For The Whole Family.

We absolutely love Cafe Amici located on the corner of the Clock Tower Mall in the Royal Naval Dockyard. It’s a perfect place for a casual lunch/dinner especially when travelling with kids.

Known for their piping hot authentic Italian pizza, Amici has everything on the menu from a classic Margherita to a Chicken Tikka or how does a Sloppy Giovanni sound with hamburger, mozzarella and Cattleman BBQ sauce.

With 16+ types to choose from, you may not desire anything else but hold it right there because they also serve Italian favourites like Gamberetti Fradivola, Italian Bruchetta and Pollo Parmigiana – just to name a few.  You’ll also enjoy their hearty salads, sandwiches, paninis, homemade Gnocchi, local fish + chips and don’t forget to save room for dessert.

Executive Chef and owner, Livio Ferigo has created a menu with many of his favourite childhood dishes that he enjoyed while growing up in Italy. Livio also owns popular restaurants Bonefish Bar Grill, Dockyard and Bella Vista located at the famous Port Royal Golf Course home of the PGA Grand Slam when in Bermuda.

We ordered a Spicy Pepperoni Pizza, Classic French Fries and the Belleza salad which we highly recommend. It’s basically a bed of fresh spinach leaves, topped with juicy chicken, plump grilled jumbo shrimps, tender beef strips and tasty goats cheese. We also had a large bottle of sparkling water for our table.

Jaron, the general manager insisted I relax with a mid afternoon glass of chilled sauvignon blanc and it was just what I needed to truly relax and take it all in while the kids had the lunch of a lifetim and then ran it off in the field opposite the patio.

The main dining room has almost a vintage feel to it. Local art hangs and adds bursts of colour throughout along with an undeniable Bermudian touch, the space is pleasing and relaxing and just an all round lovely room to dine in.

The patio at Amici wraps the Clock Tower Mall overlooking a large grassy field followed by the docks where many boats line along side. It’s a perfect spot to relax and watch the kids run. Traffic doesn’t flow anymore near the restaurant so it’s fairly safe for play.

Did you know that there are two towers on the Clock Tower Mall, one telling the time and the other tells the current day’s high tide.

Cafe Amici also serves Traditional Bermudian Cod Fish Breakfast on Sundays from 9am-12noon. Make a day of it and let the kids run around at the sprinkler just outside of Snorkel Park when you finish breakfast. Remember to pack towels and a change of clothes.

For Reservations Call  441-234-5009

Café Amici Summer Hours (Apr – Oct)
Mon – Sun 9:00am – 10:30pm

Café Amici Winter Hours (Nov – Mar)
Mon – Thurs Sun 9:00am – 5:00pm
Fri & Sat 9:00am – 9:30pm

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Did You Know… That the 1609 Wreck of the Sea Venture changed World History? https://www.bermuda.com/did-you-know-that-the-1609-wreck-of-the-sea-venture-changed-world-history/ https://www.bermuda.com/did-you-know-that-the-1609-wreck-of-the-sea-venture-changed-world-history/#respond Sun, 11 Jul 2021 10:34:54 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=25277 Do You Know…That the 1609 Wreck of the Sea Venture changed World History?

Following two failed English attempts to establish settlements in North America – the Roanoke Colony in Virginia and the Popham Colony in Maine – the Jamestown settlement was established in Virginia in 1607. The following year two supply missions were sent from England, however, due to a lack of experience and resources, the colony was threatened by disease, starvation and warfare with Native Americans.

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Do You Know…

That the 1609 Wreck of the Sea Venture changed World History?

By Horst Augustinovic

Following two failed English attempts to establish settlements in North America – the Roanoke Colony in Virginia and the Popham Colony in Maine – the Jamestown settlement was established in Virginia in 1607. The following year two supply missions were sent from England, however, due to a lack of experience and resources, the colony was threatened by disease, starvation and warfare with Native Americans.

Captain John Smith implored the Virginia Company in London to “…send but thirty carpenters, husbandmen, gardiners, fishermen, blacksmiths, masons and diggers up of trees, roots, well provided; than a thousand of such awe have: for except wee be able to lodge them and feed them, the most will consume with want of necessaries before they can be made good for anything.”

London obviously took note of Captain Smith’s plea and decided that the third supply mission would be larger and better equipped than the two previous missions. They even decided to construct a new purpose-built emigrant ship – the Sea Venture – at a cost of £1,500. Displacing 300 tons, the Sea Venture differed substantially from contemporary ships – her guns were placed on the main deck rather than below, which was then the norm.

This meant that the Sea Venture did not have double-timbering and her hold could be sheathed and equipped for passengers. When the ship was launched in 1609 and sent on her maiden voyage to Jamestown on June 2, she may have had a critical flaw: her timbers had not yet set. This proved disastrous when on July 24, the fleet of nine ships ran into a strong storm – probably a hurricane – and the ships were separated.

After fighting the storm for three days, the caulking of the Sea Venture was forced from between her timbers and the ship began to leak rapidly. Although everyone aboard was bailing, the water in the hold had risen to nine feet and both passengers and crew gave up all hope of survival. It was at that point when Admiral Sir George Somers, at the helm of the ship, saw land and deliberately sailed the Sea Venture onto the reefs to prevent her from foundering and allowing all 150 people aboard to get on land safely.

The survivors were fortunate to salvage parts and timbers from the Sea Venture and soon built two new ships, the Deliverance and Patience. While building the two ships, the longboat of the Sea Venture was fitted with a mast and sent to find Virginia. Unfortunately the boat and crew were never seen again. On May 10, 1610, the Deliverance and Patience finally set sail with all survivors and laden with supplies such as salted pork, leaving behind only two mutineers.

On arrival in Jamestown on May 23, the survivors’ ordeal did not end, however, as only 60 of the 500 settlers were found alive and the settlement of Jamestown was considered unviable and hopeless. On June 10 everybody was boarded onto the Deliverance and Patience and the two ships began to make their way back to England. As they sailed down the James River, they were met by the arrival of yet another relief fleet – three ships under the command of the new military governor, Baron De La Warre.

With new hope, Jamestown was granted a reprieve and the settlers were re-landed. Under strong leadership, the settlers’ fate soon changed for the better. They found food, improved their security and soon began to plant tobacco, producing the first profitable crop by 1614 and securing the success of the colony.

Had the Sea Venture sank in that 1609 hurricane, would Jamestown have survived without the leadership of Admiral Sir George Somers, Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas Gates, Captain Christopher Newport, Sylvester Jordain and William Strachey? Probably not.

So the wreck of the Sea Venture not only began Bermuda’s 400 years of permanent settlement, but altered the fate of Jamestown, England’s first successful foothold in the Americas, changing the New World forever.

The Bermuda Post Office has issued two sets of stamps regarding the Sea Venture. Shown here is the fleet of nine ships leaving Plymouth, England, and the flagship Sea Venture wrecked on Bermuda’s reefs.

‘Ventura ad Marem’, the figure head of the Sea Venture, was the symbol of venture at sea. A mythical animal with the head of a hound and the scales of a fish, this ancient Sea Dog was used as a talisman by Phoenicians as early as 700 B.C.

Officially the Coat of Arms of Bermuda features a red lion holding a shield showing an earlier shipwreck. I’d like to think that it is a Sea Dog and the Sea Venture that are featured on Bermuda’s Coat of Arms.

‘Quo Fata Ferunt’ appropriately translates as ‘Whither the Fates Carry Us’.

Horst Augustinovic is a Historian and Writer with a number of books available on Bermuda History. If you have any comments on the above article. Please email Horst here.

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5 Ways To Get Out And Enjoy Bermuda https://www.bermuda.com/5-ways-to-get-out-and-enjoy-bermuda-this-week-calendar-highlights/ https://www.bermuda.com/5-ways-to-get-out-and-enjoy-bermuda-this-week-calendar-highlights/#respond Sun, 11 Jul 2021 03:22:55 +0000 https://www.bermuda.com/?p=25655 5 Ways To Get Out And Enjoy Bermuda

Whether your in Bermuda looking for something to do or planning your trip, these ways to get out and enjoy Bermuda can be ticked off your list anytime this summer. 

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5 Ways To Get Out And Enjoy Bermuda This Week + Calendar Highlights

Whether your in Bermuda looking for something to do or planning your trip, these ways to get out and enjoy Bermuda can be ticked off your list anytime this summer.

1. Rent A Boat, Picnic + Explore Our Bermuda Blues

Bermuda Electric Boats is fairly new here in Bermuda and they have the cutest boats including one with its own water slide. They making renting a boat so easy. You don’t need a license and rentals start as low as $125/hr. Located in Hamilton Harbour, order picnic perfect meals to-go from Buzz Cafe, or Sushi from Coconut Rock on Reid Street. Drinks, desserts and anything else you might need could be picked up from Miles Market.

2. Indulge In Local Cuisine With A Bermuda Food Tour

This 3-3.5 hour walking food tour is an absolute must if you love trying new cuisine. Bermuda Food Tours offer tours Monday thru Saturday. Call 441-704-0999 to book your day and time. Currently on offer are tours such as ‘Flavor and Flair’, ‘Sites and Bites’, ‘Culture and Cuisine’ or their evening tour ‘After Hours’.

3.  Snorkel Bermuda’s Reefs

There are so many places to snorkel in Bermuda but we recommend going on a tour or in the very least having a guide if it’s your first time. Captain Kirk’s Coral Reef Adventures offers tours every Wednesday and you can also book a charter that will take you out to explore the Reefs. It’s a relaxing experience when your guided to all the right places and once you get comfortable you can plan other locations around the island to explore. Contact 441-242-KIRK to learn more.

4. Head out for a round of golf

Did you know that Bermuda hosts the highest concentration of golf courses in the world for a country of its size. Many of Bermuda’s golf courses are award-winning and the Port Royal Golf Course hosted the PGA Grand Slam twice and is home of the famous 16th hole. If you’re not a serious golfer but you do like to put around, Bermuda Fun Golf is perfect and bonus it’s a great activity for the whole family.

5. Sail Into The Sunset

On Thursday evenings from now until October, Board the Spirit Of Bermuda from 6pm-8pm and sail into the sunset. The tour costs $100 per person and includes unlimited bar and snacks.

The ‘Spirit of Bermuda’ is a purpose-built sail training vessel and National Icon that symbolizes Bermuda’s maritime heritage. Sailing aboard Spirit is an experience of a lifetime.

This is a Gosling’s sponsored event.

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