Bermuda Photo-Gallery
Bermuda Photo Gallery

The best of everywhere else, with all the nasty stuff taken out.


Show Picture Full Size Here there are no slums, no crowds & no amusement arcades. Bermuda is simply stunning and little short of perfection. If anywhere deserves the name “Paradise”, this is it.

(left) 1950's Postcard of SS Queen of Bermuda on Front Street.
(right) Sagafjord in 1995, arriving on one of her regular summer visits, seen by local photographer, Ann Smith Gordon.
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Sagafjord
6th - 8th May 1989

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The first arrival Map >> Show Map

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Inside the reef
following the South Channel
Two Rock Passage
entering Hamilton Harbour
House on Point Shares
Hamilton Harbour
approaching Front Street
City of Hamilton

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alongside Front Street From the harbour by night alongside Front Street

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John Smith's Bay
pink sand & turquoise seas
Flatts Village
Replica of "Deliverance" (1610)
Town of St George
Kings Square, St George
Town Hall (1782)

Diving off the reef

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Greg Hartley's
Helmet Dive
Submarine
"Enterprise"
Living Coral Wreck of
The "Lartington"
The "Lartington"
& Coral

The Bermuda Aquarium

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Live Coral Dusky Shark Rhinoceros Iguana Alligator Parrot

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Black Grouper Spiny Lobster Seahorse Loggerhead Turtle

Departing Hamilton

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Departing Hamilton
& Royal Viking Star
Departing Hamilton
& Royal Viking Star
Hamilton Princess
Hotel
Government House
Residence of the Governor



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Dockyard
Ireland Island
Queen Elizabeth 2 docks at the new
King's Wharf Terminal
The Bridge QE2 at Dockyard
Ireland Island


Glass-bottomed boat and Ferry to Hamilton

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Glass-bottomed Boat Andrew Luxury Homes
on Point Shares
Hamilton
Colourful Front Street


Botanical Gardens & Camden House

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Lime-washed roofs
(near Flatts Village)
A Traditional Colonial House The Botanical Gardens Camden House
Official Residence of The Premier of Bermuda


Underwater Helmet-diving Again!

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Royal Viking Sun
30th April 1992

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Show Picture Full Size Other cruise ships had booked all the available berths in Bermuda today, so we were obliged to drop anchor in the Great Sound, just outside Hamilton, from where a local tender service was provided. Union regulations meant that the ship was not allowed to use its own tenders, which would have been much better; as it was, we had to make do with an hourly ferry service!
Royal Viking Sun (by John)

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Front Street, Hamilton
& the famous "Birdcage"
Historic St George's Town
St Peter's Church (1620) is the oldest Anglican Church still in use outside Britain. (right) Kings Square
Peacocks
at the Bermuda Aquarium

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Hamilton Harbour NCL's "Westward"
(the ex-"Royal Viking Star")
"Nordic Prince" & "Horizon"
(in 3 years' time, we would arrive here aboard "Horizon")


Sagafjord
1st & 2nd October 1993

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Song of America (1982)
& a cloudburst!
Front Street
& the "Birdcage"
Pink Flamingoes
at the Aquarium
Sagafjord by Night
& the "Birdcage"


Horizon
23rd - 26th October 1995

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Hamilton & surroundings

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The South Channel
approach into Bermuda
Off Point Shares
entering Hamilton Harbour
Sessions House
(Bermuda Parliament)
Bustling Front Street
& Hamilton Cathedral

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Front Street The Birdcage Horizon
& The Birdcage
Horizon at her berth
& the Harbour Ferry Terminal

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Camden House The pink sands of
Horseshoe Bay
Stunning views from 354ft above sea-level
Gibbs Hill Lighthouse
Anglican Cathedral
(1886-97)

St George

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Majesty Cruise Line's
Royal Majesty (1992)
(32,400grt - 1,050 pass)
Ordnance Island, St George
Royal Majesty & Replica of
"Deliverance" from 1609
At Penno's Wharf Cruise Terminal
Celebrity's Horizon

The town of St George is the historical heart of Bermuda; it was here in 1609 that 150 castaways from the wrecked "Sea Venture" took up residence while they built a new ship, "Deliverance" to continue to their original destination, Jamestown, Virginia. About 50 settlers returned 2 years later however, and founded St George in 1612, and it still has many historic buildings and features.


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Water Street, St George's
The tourist centre of the town
Fading Grandeur
Gate-posts are all that remain of one home!
The Unfinished Church (1870's)

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St David's Lighthouse &
the view of St George Harbour
Sheltered snorkelling at
Tobacco Bay
Fort St Catherine
& St Catherine's Beach


Crystal Harmony
27th October 1997

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A frustrating one-day visit, shortened even to 9am-4.30pm, made all the more disappointing by Andrew suffering a nasty fall on the rocks at West Whale Bay, sustaining cuts and bruises as well as losing his camera in a rock-pool. Still, not to be daunted eh!

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Arrival at King's Wharf Andrew
(pre-accident)
Crystal Harmony at King's Wharf Bermuda Church Bay West Whale Bay
(Andrew's accident)

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Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Gibbs Hill Lighthouse House on South Shore Sunset Departure Sunset over Bermuda


Zenith
1st - 4th June 1998

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Bermuda Flag Hamilton & Surroundings Map >> Show Map

Show Picture Full Size This trip marked our return to Celebrity & a relaxing 4-day stay.

It would prove a successful formula and one that we repeated on a number of occasions over the years.

(left) Dad, John & Andrew on the Dockyard Ferry & (right) At the Maritime Museum
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NCL's Norwegian Crown arriving from St George
(ex-Crown Odyssey 1987 34,242grt - 1,200 passengers)
Zenith
alongside Front Street
Front Street
Policeman in the "Birdcage"!


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Spanish Point Park
Native Cedars & the remains of the Floating Dock (see left)
The View across Grassy Bay to Dockyard


Map of Navy Dockyard & the Floating Dock Bermuda's Floating Dock
Built in England in 1869 and towed to Bermuda in 35 days by HMS Agincourt & HMS Northumberland, assisted by 3 other ships including HMS Warrior (now restored at Portsmouth), it was the second largest floating dock in the World and became an integral facility at the Navy Dockyard on Ireland Island. 381ft long & 125ft wide, it could accommodate ships up to 25 feet wide but fell out of use in 1906, with the arrival of the new generation of warships.
Sold for scrap, it was being towed away when it was caught in a gale and broke free, eventually getting stuck on the reef off Spanish Point. It was finally abandoned in 1908. They tried to blow it up with dynamite in 1950 but the remains of its rusting hulk can still be seen just above the water (see photo above, far left). Bermuda's Floating Dock 1869


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Celebrity's Horizon arrives from New York
(1990 46,811grt - 1,350 passengers)
Horizon
at Kings Wharf, Dockyard
Crystal Caves
(apologies for poor photo!)


Show Picture Full Size Dad & I went on to visit the Crystal Caves and by the time we returned to Hamilton, the weather was perfect again. Note the Wind-Compass on top of City Hall (instead of a clock); the weather-vane is the Sea Venture wrecked here in 1609.
(left) NCL's Norwegian Crown alongside Front St, Hamilton
(right) Hamilton City Hall's Wind-Compass & Weather-Vane
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Zenith departs Hamilton Zenith
en-route to St George
Passing through
"The Town Cut"
St George's Harbour


The Passage to St George
I caused some concern at the gangway, going ashore at 5.45am; the ship was about to leave! But I caught the bus to St George at 6.45am and walked out to Gates Fort, in time for Zenith's arrival, passing through the narrow Town Cut, blasted-out in 1917 to improve the access into St George's Harbour. Much to everyone's surprise, I was back aboard in time for breakfast at 8.30am!
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Tobacco Bay Sailboat
& Coral Arch
Paddling & Snorkelling Dad!


Show Picture Full Size The town of St George is the historical heart of Bermuda; it was here in 1609 that 150 castaways from the wrecked Sea Venture took up residence while they built a new ship, Deliverance to continue to their original destination, Jamestown, Virginia. About 50 settlers returned 2 years later however, and founded St George in 1612. A number of historic buildings and important features lie close to King's Square, including the Town Stocks, a Ducking-stool and a full-size replica of the Deliverance on Ordnance Island.
View of St George, with NCL's Norwegian Majesty (ex-Royal Majesty 1992) at Ordnance Island & Zenith at Penno's Wharf

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Spittal Pond Reserve
& Portuguese Rock
Woodland Walk Flowering Cactii
Spittal Pond Reserve
Sea Song Cottage
Overlooking the South Shore


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Harrington Sound near Devil's Hole Feeding the Turtles
at Devil's Hole Aquarium
The ex-Astor Mansion
across Ferry Reach


The Astor Family's Bermuda Estate
The sprawling 22-acre estate stands across Ferry Reach and you can see it as the bus passes the Airport. Although today in private ownership, it was owned by Vincent Astor, who at 20 years of age, became the richest young man in America when his father, 47 year-old John Jacob Astor IV was lost in the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.
In 1914, he married Helen Huntington and the Bermuda Estate was developed in the 1930's. As well as his philanthropic interests, Vincent Astor had a passion for trains and his private railway once connected to the Bermuda Railway at a private Halt you can still see the remains of today on the Railway Trail west of St George. Vincent Astor in Bermuda with his private train in 1938

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Formal Night again; wonderful Dinner, aweful Show!
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(above) Ready to Depart; view of St George from Zenith & (right) Norwegian Majesty (before she was "stretched" in 1999)


Zenith
30th April - 3rd May 2001

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White's Island
My "Fantasy Island"
Zenith
alongside Front Street
Dockyard
The Ferry & Clocktower Mall
The Keep
& Gate to the Keep Pond


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The Commissioner's House (1827) The Commissioner's House
Entrance Hall & Commissioners' Board Room
The view from
The Verandah

The Commissioner's House
Completed in 1827, this was the first residential building in history to utilise cast-iron framing, which was all pre-fabricated and transported from England. Like many other Dockyard buildings, the walls are hard Bermuda limestone, largely quarried by convicts and slaves. The Commissioner's House was originally occupied by the Dockyard Commissioners and then by the Army, as the Royal Marine Barracks until 1914, when it became married quarters and barracks for naval ratings during the Great War.

When the Navy left in 1951, the six-acre Keep and Commissioner’s House were left to decay until 1974 when the Bermuda Maritime Museum took responsibility. With only voluntary donors and contributions, the restoration of the building was finally completed in 2000, the largest restoration project ever undertaken in Bermuda and earning an RICS Architectural Excellence Award. It is now an elegant exhibition and special events space and a major asset for the cultural heritage of the Island.

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Hamilton Cathedral Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, Hamilton
Completed in Neo-Gothic style in 1911
Zenith
Alongside Front Street

Fort Hamilton

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A Moon Gate
John, Andrew, Anne, Joyce, Anny & Gerry
The Ramparts of Fort Hamilton
Zenith & Horizon (just arrived from St George) below
The Moat
Botanical Gardens

Although close by, Fort Hamilton is often overlooked by tourists and while it has not been developed much as a museum, it is still worth exploring its passages and tunnels, dating from the 1860's. Apart from the view over Hamilton from the ramparts, its other striking feature is the luxuriant Botanical Garden in the old Moat, which benefits from its own unique micro-climate.

Gibbs Hill Lighthouse

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Gibbs Hill Lighthouse (1846)
(Photos from our trip aboard Horizon in 1995)
354 feet down! The Lighthouse
Tea-Room

Completed in 1846, Gibbs Hill Lighthouse was only the 2nd in the World to be made of cast-iron and it was shipped in pieces from England. The 185 steps to the top don't include the hill climb but at 354 feet above sea-level, there's a stunning view over Bermuda and highly respectable Tea-room (selling Earl Grey Tea and cream cakes!) in which to recover afterwards!


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Church Bay
Beware - Ants in the sand!
Yachting
in Hamilton Sound
Zenith in Hamilton
Before her dawn departure for St George



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Zenith
approaches the Town Cut
The Town Cut Tranquil St George Harbour
Zenith tied-up at Penno's Wharf


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Entering St George's Harbour from the sea is an experience, as the ship passes through the Town Cut, a narrow channel blasted-out in 1917. At the entrance stands the ruined Gates Fort (dating from 1609) where the Town Crier stands and greets the ships as they enter the harbour.
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Dating from 1788 and rebuilt in the 1840's, sadly there isn't much remaining, apart from the view but while there, we watched as Norwegian Majesty arrived in the harbour through the "Town Cut".
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The Ducking Stool Ceremony
The Ducking Stool was a traditional form of medieval punishment (of women) by public humiliation and is an example of "local justice" for minor misdemeanours. Today, the entertainment put on for the tourists re-enacts the punishment of a "Nagging Wife" - not very "PC" these days but it's all in good fun. This 5 min video is worth a watch!
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A Moon Gate The State House
Bermuda's oldest building
Chimney-pots and Roof-tops

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Built in 1971 for Flagship Cruises, she ran cruises to Bermuda as Sea Venture (19,903grt), the same name as the ship which brought the first settlers to Bermuda in 1609. From 1975 to 2002 as Pacific Princess, she became famous as the "Love Boat" from the popular 70's TV series.
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Norwegian Majesty
10th - 13th June 2003

The Magnificent Seven again!
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Anny, Andrew, Gerry
& John sunbathing
Pat sunbathing St George &
The Deliverance
Norwegian Majesty
in St George

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Rooftops of St George St George The Commissioner's House Norwegian Empress at King's Wharf

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Fort Hamilton Fort Hamilton
The Moat
The Moon Gate
near Fort Hamilton
Spanish Point Park

The Railway Trail

From Palmetto Park to Gibbons Bay

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Shelly Bay, Crawl Waterfront Park & Bailey's Bay

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Parasailing

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Gerry.... at the end of his tether! Yours Truly Whatever you do,
don't let go!
Me, about to be dunked!

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Zenith
25th - 28th September 2006

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Front Street, Hamilton

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Arriving in Hamilton Front Street Hamilton & The Birdcage Empress of the Seas on Front Street Hamilton Empress of the Seas & Zenith in Hamilton

Dockyard, The Commissioner's House & the Railway Trail

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Dockyard & The Commissioner's House The restored Commissioner's House The Commissioner's House at Dockyard The Railway Trail From the Railway Trail

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Grandeur of the Seas From the Railway Trail House on Flatts Inlet Flatts Bridge

The Crystal Caves, St George & Tobacco Bay

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The Crystal Caves The Crystal Caves Departing Hamilton
at Dawn
Zenith in
St George
Norwegian Majesty in
St George

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House in St George The Rooftops of
St George
Tobacco Bay Snorkelling at
Tobacco Bay

Lighthouses & Clearwater Beach

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View from St David's Lighthouse St David's Lighthouse St David's Lighthouse from Clearwater Bay Clearwater Beach St David's Lighthouse & Clearwater Beach