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HM Dockyard, Bermuda

HM Dockyard, Bermuda

The North Basin at Ireland Island, Bermuda.
A busy dockyard back in the days... here about teh 1920s. The yard is now a tourist spot and large cruiser ships now berth on the out side of the arm of the breakwater.

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Great pic.!! Would love to see a pic how it looks like now, about 90 years later.....
 

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Amazing just how little it has changed - The basic layout is just the same - A little widening here and there, an extra pier off the nearest knuckle, the odd dolphin.
As I recall the inner harbour now full of small boats, ferries for the tourists etc.
I think even the tank farm is still there.
 

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I can name two of the tugs at the bottom lower cntr.... the paddle tug SANDBOY and the ST BLAZEY.

Busy place... then and now!

Stephen
 

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Um... a few... some built EARLIER than ST BLAZEY! There were two... the BERMUDIAN and JOHN S. DARRELL... built c. 1914!

Later Government had the EMPIRE LOLA... ex JUSTICE and another ex US Army Tug PATAO... named BERMUDIAN.

Then about 1966 we had a pair of Dutch tugs POWERFUL and FAITHFUL. Good boats. Intended as 600 bhp tugs on the Dutch designed vessels, but were instead as GM diesels at 1,200 bhp. Very successful. The only problem GM engines were noisy... LOUD. When starting on air then sounded like a.... 'an engine driver raping a screaming goat'! ;-) Then about 1990 two new vessels frrom Goole... POWERFUL and FAITHFUL. Now 24 but might be replaced some day... money if available. All the pilots are asking for high power but all of the large shipa in Bermuda are all fore and aft thrusters etc etc. Rarely are they ever used. Who have higher power?

Stephen
 

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Looks like the cruisers York and Exeter alongside, so would date the photo a little later. Both ships spent time with the Amerca and West Indies Squadron 1934-39. Never been to Bermuda but a great view of the dockyard and beyond, thanks Stephen.
Regards, Ken H.
 

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