Museum Adds “Horse Ferry” Photo To Collection

July 1, 2013

The National Museum of Bermuda has added a historic 19th century photograph to its collection showing the ferry which was once used to cross the 450-wide channel separating Somerset from Watford Island.

Until the construction of the first bridge linking the two West End islands in 1903, ferries had been used since the 17th century to transport people, provisions and animals back and forth across the channel.

“This newly acquired photograph shows the ‘horse ferry’ transporting three men from Watford Island to Somerset Island prior to the construction of Watford Bridge in 1902/03,” said a museum spokesperson. “It was called the ‘horse ferry’ because it could carry a horse and carriage on it.”


– Photograph courtesy of the National Museum of Bermuda

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