Our first time
13.06.1963 - 30.06.1963
When I came to Bermuda for the first time it was 1963, and I was pregnant with my 2nd child. (I left the oldest with my mom.) I was meeting my husband who was then on the U.S.S. Intrepid, an aircraft carrier that was doing operations in the area. I flew in on a propeller plane.
I have a 1961 travel book which says: "St. George Hotel...On Rose Hill overlooking town. Has special Family Plan and children's playground. Indoor salt water swimming pool, golf course, beach facilities, dancing. Accommodates 200 - rates $11 to $16 a night -MAP (Modified American Plan which is room, breakfast and one other meal, usually dinner). This hotel was one of the least expensive I could find. I picked it because it was near the airport (to reduce taxi fares), and because it was fairly near to where Bob's ship was anchored. I could see the carrier from my window. There were great views over the town, and it was quite close to Ft. St. Catherine and so very convenient to get there. It was however, a couple of miles from town.
We had twin beds that had an iron bedstead and a sink in the room. The picture of Bob in the hotel room is underexposed (no automatic exposure cameras then, and my camera didn't have a flash plus the film was only about ASA 25) so it is very grainy when digitized That hotel that no longer exists. In the 70s (according to locals) there were 5 different fires that started at the same time one night, and the hotel burned down leading to suspicions that the fires were not accidental. The current St. George's Club condo set-up is now at this location.
As a pregnant person I found riding the bus very uncomfortable. They were sprung quite stiff and it was a jouncy ride. I preferred the ferries. A moped was out of the question in my condition. We spent a lot of time in St. George which was near our hotel
When I visited Bermuda in 1963 I was pregnant with my 2nd child. I visited in June and she was born in September. This is the only pictures I have of me from this trip - I do most of the photography, and the photographer doesn't get into the picture very often.
I think the story of Admiral Somers is typical of Bermuda.
More than five hundred colonists headed for Virginia from Plymouth, England, in June, 1609. The Sea-Venture, the leader of the nine-ship fleet, was cut off from the rest by a "dreadful storm…which like an hell of darkness turned black." (Probably an early hurricane) On board were Admiral Sir George Somers and Sir Thomas Gates, new governor of the colony. The party was assumed lost at sea by the remaining colonists who eventually reached Jamestown. But really , the Sea Venture was wrecked on St. George. The survivors built another ship - the Deliverance - and continued on to Jamestown. When the "lost" party arrived in Jamestown the following May, it was thought to be a true deliverance, directed by Providence. Shakespeare's play The Tempest was based on this shipwreck.
We went out to Ft. St. Catherine which was near St. George
We took the ferry to Somerset to see the smallest drawbridge
and we took a bus to the Flatts where we went to the Aquarium
and we took the bus into Hamilton
And then I flew back home
Our next visit to Bermuda was Thanksgiving 1995
But my next big trip was 1964 when I went to Europe and followed my husband's ship from port to port.