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Lyme Regis Dignitaries Visit St. George’s

Lyme Regis Dignitaries Visit St. George’s

The mayor of Lyme Regis — birthplace of Sir George Somers — led an eight-man delegation to Bermuda recently for the annual Peppercorn Ceremony held in St, George’s, the historic English coastal community’s twin town. Mayor Sally Holman and other Lyme Regis dignitaries spent a week on the island to mark the historical and cultural... Read more of this article

Press Marks Anniversary With Bermuda Book

Press Marks Anniversary With Bermuda Book

In May 1964, the University of Virginia Press released its first original publication, “A Voyage to Virginia in 1609, Two Narratives” by William Strachey and Silvester Jourdain, twin accounts of the “Sea Venture”  wreck in Bermuda edited by the late Louis B. Wright, who at the time was director of the Folger Shakespeare Library... Read more of this article

Archaeologists Confirm Jamestown Cannibalism

Archaeologists Confirm Jamestown Cannibalism

Archaeologists have confirmed Jamestown’s colonists resorted to cannibalism during the “starving time” winter of 1609-10 prior to the arrival of two provision-laden ships built in Bermuda by the “Sea Venture” castaways. In a presentation at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, archaeologist... Read more of this article

Video: How Bermuda Saved Jamestown

Video: How Bermuda Saved Jamestown

When the survivors of the Bermuda “Sea Venture” wreck arrived in Virginia in 1610, they found the English settlement of Jamestown reduced to what has been called “a worlde of miserie” — with famished colonists eating dogs, cats and snakes. And perhaps one another. The castaways, who finally escaped from the island aboard... Read more of this article

Bermuda Debunks Film’s Conspiracy Theory

Bermuda Debunks Film’s Conspiracy Theory

The historical conspiracy theory offered up in a Hollywood blockbuster opening today [Oct.28] — namely, that William Shakespeare’s plays were actually written by the Earl of Oxford — can be disproved by one stubborn fact: the 1609 “Sea Venture” wreck in Bermuda. Director Roland Emmerich’s “Anonymous” is... Read more of this article

Lyme Regis Somers Statue Plans Put On Hold

Lyme Regis Somers Statue Plans Put On Hold

Plans to honour Bermuda’s founding father in his English birthplace have been put on hold due to lack of funds. The English coastal town of Lyme Regis in conjunction with St. George’s — its Bermuda twin town — had announced plans to commission and erect a £35,000 bronze statue of Admiral Sir George Somers. Sir George, a former... Read more of this article

Shakespeare And The ‘Sea Venture’ Wreck

Shakespeare And The ‘Sea Venture’ Wreck

American historian Hobson Woodward has argued July 28, 2009 marked two quadricentennials — one was the unintended founding of Bermuda by the “Sea Venture” castaways who came ashore here on a rain-whipped day in 1609. The other was the 400th anniversary of the sprite Ariel, the wild man Caliban and mercurial magician Prospero —... Read more of this article

Shakespeare In Love — In Bermuda

Shakespeare In Love — In Bermuda

Her Bermuda honeymoon inspired American romance novelist Kathryn Johnson’s latest book  “Gentleman Poet”, a historical “What If?” novel based on the premise William Shakespeare was inspired to write “The Tempest” because he was aboard the “Sea Venture” when the ship foundered on the island’s... Read more of this article

‘Sea Venture’ Inspires Christian Novel

‘Sea Venture’ Inspires Christian Novel

A “Sea Venture” survivor’s twin quests  — one to reach Jamestown after being wrecked in Bermuda, the other an inner journey to find spiritual contentment — are at the heart of a newly-published novel aimed at a Christian readership. In June of 1606, King James I granted a charter to a group of London entrepreneurs, the... Read more of this article

Videos: Sea Venture Historical Re-enactment

Videos: Sea Venture Historical Re-enactment

Yesterday afternoon [Nov 11] a new memorial to the Sea Venture was unveiled in St. George’s. In 1609, the Sea Venture ran into a strong storm, and ran aground on Bermuda’s reefs, with the settlers becoming the first known inhabitants of the island. During the ceremony yesterday, a group of performers costumed in period clothing performed a historical... Read more of this article

Videos: Speeches at Sea Venture Memorial

Videos: Speeches at Sea Venture Memorial

Yesterday [Nov 11] a new memorial to the Sea Venture was unveiled in St. George’s. The town crier welcomed everyone, a re-enactment was performed and various dignitaries spoke including St. George’s Mayor Kenneth Bascome, Governor Sir Richard Gozney, UBP Leader Kim.Swan and Dame Jennifer Smith. Videos of the comments are below, and a photo... Read more of this article

Photos: Sea Venture Memorial Unveiled

Photos: Sea Venture Memorial Unveiled

This afternoon [Nov 11] a new memorial to the Sea Venture was unveiled in St. George’s, overlooking the area where the Sea Venture ran aground over 400 years ago. Over 100 people turned out to witness the event, which started with a shower of rain that produced a beautiful rainbow with both ends hitting the sea close to the location.The town... Read more of this article