Forts of St. George

It didn’t take Brian and I long to get acquainted with St. George’s Island, Bermuda. One afternoon we took a lovely walk around the eastern coastline of the island and paused for self-guided tours of the forts along the way. We cut through the former St. George’s Golf Course to first have a peek at Tobacco Bay.

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Fort St. Catherine was built by Governor Richard Moore in 1614. The fort houses exhibits, but it was closed during each of two of our attempts to visit. Thus, self-guided fort touring…

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Alexandra Battery was completed in the 1860’s.

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This muzzle-loading gun was fired through a Gibraltar Shield, this is actually the only intact shield remaining on Bermuda. The muzzle-loading gun could fire a 256lb shell 1,000 yards through 10 inches of iron plating. Another fun fact is that this gun weighs 4,000lbs more than Rode Trip.

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Gates Fort overlooks the Town Cut entrance to St. George’s Harbour. The fort was first shown on a published map in 1626.

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At the end of our fort tour we had a great view of Rode Trip among the anchored boats.

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5 thoughts on “Forts of St. George

  1. you 2 enjoy all that SUN, blue waters for us! Has been rainy and or cloudy for over 2 weeks here and living in a camper sucks in this sort of weather! I so miss island life….but waiting for grand baby # 10 due any day helps me!!! LOVE YOU BOTH!

  2. We LOVE Bermuda! We’ve heard about all the rain stateside – I know the feeling b/c when it rains on the boat it is also not my ideal living situation. Keep your chin up, that new baby will bring a whole lot of sunshine your way 🙂

  3. Check this out!

    EAST FALMOUTH — Among the dozens of dancers in traditional regalia, wheeling and stomping to the pounding drumbeat, a group wearing neon-colored masks and towering peacock feather headdresses stood out.

    These Gombey dancers from Bermuda were in East Falmouth on Saturday to reconnect with the Mashpee Wampanoag, a Cape Cod Native American tribe that the Bermudans consider long-lost family.

    “Our ancestors were brought to Bermuda as slaves in the 1600s and we’ve been trying to find each other ever since,” said Nives Filice, 45, chairwoman of the St. David’s Islanders and Native Community.

    The groups reconnected in 2000 and began a series of cultural exchanges.

    It’s been almost like finding a missing piece of your history,” Filice said.

    The latest reunion took place at the Mashpee Wampanoag Pow-Wow, an annual, weekend-long celebration of native culture in its 92d year. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.

  4. How COOL! I’ll bet the Gombey dancers would be a fun show for BBV…we enjoyed their costumes, but didn’t get to see them dance. We’d just missed them during a ‘Harbour Nights’ street fair.

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