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History: Ship Fire That Threatened Hamilton

History: Ship Fire That Threatened Hamilton

A ship named after Bermuda proved to be one of the unluckiest vessels ever to put to sea. Purpose built for the New York-Bermuda run by the Furness-Withy Line at the dawn of the island’s modern tourism era, MV Bermuda arrived in Hamilton Harbour on her maiden voyage in January, 1928. A floating showcase of style and speed, the Bermuda was a masterwork... Read more of this article

Video: Vintage 1976 Bermuda Go-Kart Action

Video: Vintage 1976 Bermuda Go-Kart Action

Bermuda Karting Club 2019/20 racing recently got underway at the East End’s Southside Raceway. And the start of a new season prompted one former club member to roll back history’s odometer and revisit scenes of Bermuda go-karting action from more than four decades ago. Karting 1967“I was going through my archives and found this gem... Read more of this article

Historical Video: Duke & Duchess In Bermuda

Historical Video: Duke & Duchess In Bermuda

Newsreel footage of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor in Bermuda while en route to the Bahamas during World War Two shows the couple arriving on the island aboard the liner Excalibur and fielding questions from the international press at Government House. Four years after he had renounced his throne for “the woman I love”, the Duke arrived in Bermuda... Read more of this article

Video: Roy Talbot’s Famed “Bermudavarius”

Video: Roy Talbot’s Famed “Bermudavarius”

It was to plucked string instruments what the bumble bee is to flight. It shouldn’t have worked, but it did. Beautifully. The Talbot Brothers. Archie, Austin, Ross, Bryan and Roy along with their cousin Cromwell [Mandy] Mandres, entertained locals and visitors for decades. Talbot Brothers [1959]Their smooth blend of calypso and swing helped... Read more of this article

Video: Vintage 1976 Bermuda Promotional Film

Video: Vintage 1976 Bermuda Promotional Film

A vintage travel film turns back the clock to the “Unspoiled, unhurried, uncommon” Bermuda of 1970s Department of Tourism marketing campaigns.This recently uploaded 1976 Tourism Department video includes scenes of the Queen’s 1975 visit to the island, Wimbledon men’s champion Jimmy Connors playing in a Southampton Princess... Read more of this article

Video: 1950s TV Series Filmed In Bermuda

Video: 1950s TV Series Filmed In Bermuda

The Trade Development Board, forerunner to the later Tourism Ministry and today’s Bermuda Tourism Authority, recognised US network television’s potential as a valuable new marketing tool for the island in the early 1950s. It threw its weight behind the establishment of a TV and movie production facility on Darrell’s Island, where the... Read more of this article

Video: Vintage 1970s Bermuda Travel Show

Video: Vintage 1970s Bermuda Travel Show

A recently uploaded 1970s episode of a syndicated Canadian travel show opens a nostalgic window on Bermuda’s past. The TV travel magazine Bonaventure was one of the longest-running programmes of its kind, with more than 200 episodes produced. Bonaventure aired in North and South America, Europe and Africa for more than 30 years. In the vintage... Read more of this article

Videos: Looking Back At Bermuda In The 1950s

Videos: Looking Back At Bermuda In The 1950s

Archival footage released by Kinolibrary – “an independent agency representing remarkable and rare archive footage from around the world” – offers viewers a glimpse of Bermuda in the 1950s through a series of videos. The videos encompass a number of sights and activities, including tennis, golf, beach-going, waterskiiing, shopping,... Read more of this article

Historical Video: Journey To Destination Bermuda

Historical Video: Journey To Destination Bermuda

A 26 minute historical video of Bermuda has been shared online, highlighting the island and its people in days gone by. The video, titled ‘Destination Bermuda,’ was presented by the Bermuda Trade Development Board in order to highlight the island as a travel destination to potential international visitors. The video opens with a short historical... Read more of this article

Video: 1980s Elbow Beach Hotel Promotion

Video: 1980s Elbow Beach Hotel Promotion

A 1980s promotional video for the Elbow Beach Hotel offers a look at the resort’s history throughout the 20 minute footage, from its inception onward, saying that it “set the tone for island vacations all over the world.” The video’s narrator says, “Just about a century ago, a man had a vision; a man with a passion for... Read more of this article

Video: 36 Years Since Bermuda Won Miss World

Video: 36 Years Since Bermuda Won Miss World

36 years ago today [Nov 15] Miss Bermuda Gina Swainson won the Miss World contest, becoming the first Bermudian to win a major beauty pageant.Also notable as one of the few pageant contestants from around the world to place extremely well in both world pageants, Ms Swainson also placed 2nd in the Miss Universe 1979 Pageant held in Australia. The Miss... Read more of this article

Historical Video & Photos: Bermuda In The 1930s

Historical Video & Photos: Bermuda In The 1930s

Step back some 80 years into the past with this video showcasing Bermuda as it existed in the 1930s, with the 15-minute montage offering an expansive look at island life at that time. Titled “A Visit to Bermuda,” the video opens with a look around the island, with boats and ships, houses and buildings, and foliage all visible as the camera... Read more of this article

“You Belong To Me” Film To Screen On April 7th

“You Belong To Me” Film To Screen On April 7th

The U.S. Consulate General and the Adult Library will showcase another film as part of the Bermuda National Library’s regular Consulate Night at the Library series. Coming to the Library at 6.00pm on April 7 will be “You Belong to Me,” a historical documentary produced by Jude Hagin and Hilary Saltzman. “You Belong to Me” tells the story of... Read more of this article