Today, people who travel from A to B in Bermuda by boat are few and far between. Most of us take to the roads, often oblivious of how many bridges over water we have to cross in order to traverse the island from tip to tip. It’s odd to think that after Sir George Somers inadvertently arrived in Bermuda once his Sea Venture was wrecked between two reefs off St. Catherine’s Bay in 1609, he would have found no bridges at all, no roads, for that matter, nor any evidence of any kind of permanent human habitation. As he explored Bermuda by rowing boat, the only signs of past human presence he noticed were the hogs, helpfully left by sailors previously shipwrecked on the islands as a food supply for future shipwreck victims; and tobacco plants, in an area still called by the name he gave it on his sketched out map—Tobacco Bay. Once Bermuda did become officially settled, the inhabitants were in
left: Footbridge at Palm
above: The pylons are
all that remain of Coney
By elizaBeth Jones
From three bridges in 1624 to over 42 registered today, Bermuda’s
bridges are as diverse as where they traverse. whether swinging, lifting
or stepping, these bridges link both land and people’s lives.