|Its all about ships
Another dockyard building now
houses the Bonefish, a bar and
Snorkel Park has a small beach as well as facilities
for eating and drinking. It is a favorite of the crews
of the cruise ships that call at the Dockyards.
The Bermuda Rum Cake
Company and Dockyards
Glassworks sells Bermuda-made
rum cakes as well as glass bowls,
figuringes and vases. They also
give glass blowing demonstrations.
It has been said that everybody in Bermuda
knows Tony B ** Here, the
singer/songwriter/entertainer, accompanied by
Tony Cox on congas, performs at the Frog and
Cruise port - photo tour - Bermuda - page 4
THE ROYAL NAVAL DOCKYARD
Begun in 1809, the Royal Naval Dockyard was intended to make Bermuda into the "Gibraltar of the
West." Its facilities eventually included a fortress plus facilities to maintain and repair Royal Navy
ships. It remained an important naval base for British and NATO ships until 1951 when most of its
facilities were closed. The Royal Navy closed the remaining facilities in 1995.
The closure co-incided with a dramtic increase in the size of cruise ships. Since the large ships
could not dock in Hamilton, a new port that could handle large ships was needed. This led to the
conversion of the dockyards into a cruise port.
More than just a pier, the dockyards complex has been transformed into a tourist center.
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The Dockyards is not all history. Inside the old
fortress is a dophin qnest attraction (left).
To defend the Dockyard, the British built a fortress with
high walls and large cannons. This area known as The
Keep includes the Bermuda Maritime Musemum as
well as the restored home of the dockyard commissioner,
which dominates the center of the fortress. It is now
referred to as "The National Museum of Bermuda"
Above right: Newlyweds who kiss beneath the
Moon Gate are assured happiness and prosperity.
The Dockyards also includes a marina as well as a
ferry terminal and a vistor information center.
Several of the buildings including The Cooperage
(above left) have been converted into bars and places
to eat. In fact, the Cooperage is the home of the Frog
and Onion Pub, a Dockyards landmark, that includes
Bermuda's only brewery.
Getting around the dockyards is made easy by the
tractor train, which takes passengers from the ships
One can also go on a segway tour.
The Dockyard is also a pleasant place to stroll with
flowering plants adourning the remains of the
various structures that once made up the naval base.
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The Dockyards is a haven for
shoppers. Several of the buildings
have been converted into shops.
The Clock Tower Mall has shops
ranging from souvenirs and crafts
to upscale boutiques.