Royal Naval Dockyard

  Wednesday, July 17, 2013 / Stephanie / Uncategorized  

The Royal Naval Dockyard is cruise ship central in Bermuda, located at the northwestern end of the island. The old, Bermuda stone buildings that comprise the dockyard have been renovated and now house tourist attractions, malls, and workshops. However, these buildings were once a bustling hub for warships; repairs, restocking, and supplying ammunition all took place at the Royal Naval Dockyard. Here, Brian and I sampled our fill of rum cake at the Bermuda Rum Cake Company.

We then admired the artisans' work at the Bermuda Glassworks.

The day's event was the National Museum of Bermuda and Maritime Museum. It was well worth the visit! We spent easily four hours on the museum grounds and in the displays learning about history, defense forces then and now, slavery, resurrecting shipwrecks (there are 350 discovered wrecks around the island), establishing electricity on the island, and even ocean sailing races to Bermuda.

At the Commissioner's House we admired Bermudian artwork, read museum displays, and saw excellent views of the dockard.

The museum landscapers were hard at work...well, some of them anyway.

Once a storage unit for cartridges and shells, the High Cave was a cool retreat from the afternoon sun with a display of POW artwork. Most of the pieces were trinkets carved of Bermudian cedar and they were lovely.

Nothing could better top off the afternoon than a microbrew, which we found at The Frog and Onion Pub. Ice cold, draft, micro-brewed IPA and Porter....aaaaahhhhhh.