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Minister Receives Book On Caribbean Museums

Minister Receives Book On Caribbean Museums

On behalf of the Barbados Museum & Historical Society, Dr. Edward Harris presented a copy of a new book on museums in the Caribbean and Bermuda to Minister of Community, Culture & Sports Wayne Scott. The book, entitled Plantation to Nation: Caribbean Museums and National Identity, was launched last month at the Barbados Museum and Dr. Harris,... Read more of this article

300 Year Old Proposal To “Convert Americans”

300 Year Old Proposal To “Convert Americans”

A proposal written by an Irish Bishop almost 300 years ago called for a college to be set up in Bermuda to help convert the “savage Americans to Christianity.” The report bemoaned the lack of progress made by the gospel in the New World, and said the Americans continue in “the same ignorance and barbarifm [sic] in which we found them... Read more of this article

Video: Rare Footage Of Elusive Ocean Oarfish

Video: Rare Footage Of Elusive Ocean Oarfish

The rare capture of footage of a giant oarfish in California serves as a reminder of when an oarfish washed up in Bermuda 150 years ago; creating a frenzy as it was thought to be a “sea serpent”. The oarfish observers were kayaking as part of a tour with the Shedd Aquarium in Baja, California and the video was posted online on Monday [Apr... Read more of this article

Muhammad Ali Remembered By Local Hotel

Muhammad Ali Remembered By Local Hotel

The Facebook page of the Fairmont Hamilton Princess recently highlighted a photo of world renowned boxer Muhammad Ali during a visit to Bermuda in the 1970s as he sat outside the hotel talking with excited fans. The photograph marks but one moment in the life of one of the most storied boxers of all time, beginning in 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky when... Read more of this article

Capt. Recalls Nazi WWII Sub Hidden In Bermuda

Capt. Recalls Nazi WWII Sub Hidden In Bermuda

Documents about a captured submarine that was secretly hidden in Bermuda during WWII were donated to the National Cryptologic Museum in Maryland, providing more information about the once secret operation. The Museum is affiliated with the National Security Agency [NSA], and is the first public museum in the U.S. Intelligence community. NSA retiree... Read more of this article

Helium Played Dual Role In Sealab Experiment

Helium Played Dual Role In Sealab Experiment

While it is probably best known for giving people squeaky voices when we inhale it, helium has also been used extensively within so-called “breathing gas,” an atmospheric mixture used for human respiration when it otherwise wouldn’t be possible. In 1964, during a series of tests run by the United States Navy, Bermuda’s waters... Read more of this article

Lecture, Slideshow On Drawings From 1800s

Lecture, Slideshow On Drawings From 1800s

The St. George’s Foundation is getting set to host Dr. Edward Harris of the National Museum of Bermuda, along with two special guests, for a lecture and slideshow highlighting the 19th century artwork of Johnson Savage. The event will take place on Saturday, April 5 at 3.00pm. A spokesperson said, “We are excited to host Dr. Ed Harris of... Read more of this article

1964 Transatlantic Crossing In 12 Ft “Sea Egg”

1964 Transatlantic Crossing In 12 Ft “Sea Egg”

Attempts to set sailing records by crossing the Atlantic Ocean were nothing new even in 1964, but one man’s attempt stands out for the small size of his sea-crossing vessel, a 12 foot boat named “Sea Egg.” John Riding, an Englishman, left Plymouth, England, in July of 1964 in the “Sea Egg,” stopping in Bermuda as he completed... Read more of this article

Florida Shipwreck Identified As Bermuda Vessel

Florida Shipwreck Identified As Bermuda Vessel

A mysterious shipwreck on the Florida coastline that slowly revealed itself over time thanks to the effect of storms and the work of history buffs has been officially identified as a vessel that originated in Bermuda before sinking in 1947. After four years of digging, study, and research, American archaeologists have finally been able to pinpoint the... Read more of this article

Sea Venture Survivor Who Married Pocahontas

Sea Venture Survivor Who Married Pocahontas

The unplanned landing of the Sea Venture in 1609 began Bermuda’s story, bringing the first known settlers to to what is thought to have previously been a deserted island. It was in June of 1609 that John Rolfe and his first wife set sail for Virginia on board the Sea Venture, which departed from Plymouth. Like several before it, the vessel was... Read more of this article