Photos: Blessing Of The Boats In St David’s

June 5, 2016

The traditional Blessing of the Boats — which dates back to 1849 — took place this morning [June 5], with Bishop Nicholas Dill and Reverend David Raths being rowed from St George’s to St David’s to bless boats that had gathered at Chapel of Ease Dock.

Bishop Dill was rowed across by the Bermuda Pilot Gig Club in ‘Pilot Harry Fox’ – one of their three vessels that attended, while Reverend David Raths was rowed across by members of the St George’s based TS Admiral Somers Sea Cadets in ‘Lady Stockton’.

Assisting in the service was parish worker and MP Suzann Roberts-Holshouser, worship assistants Demi Wright, Dylan Holshouser and Henry Hayward, and Deputy Wardens Harold Millett and Calvin Trott. Band members of the St George’s Corps of the Salvation Army provided the music.


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The traditional Blessing of the Boats arises from the long established connection of the people of St David’s with the fishing and boat-pilot occupation and dates back to 1849 when the Chapel of Ease was consecrated.

There were no bridges or land links between St David’s and the rest of the Island at that time, so Bishop Field was rowed across the harbour by four sons of clergymen who volunteered for the service.

Many boats were in evidence that day as the Bishop passed through their midst waving and giving his blessing, an act which started the annual tradition.

To commemorate that occasion, and as part of the long association with the seafarers of St David’s, the Chapel of Ease holds the annual service.

Boats made their way to the Chapel of Ease Dock this morning, and each boat in attendance was blessed and received a Certificate of Blessing saying, “Bless o lord this vessel and all who sail in her; may she be a trustworthy and safe servant.”

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  1. Jeremy Deacon says:

    I, yet again, missed this! Only 100 yards away as well … next year!

    • Terry says:

      If you get out it helps.
      Turn your computer off.

      Shalom.

  2. Terry says:

    Tradition.
    Love it.

    Our children learning and listening.

    Shalom.