residence of the deputy inspector general,
one of the hospital’s administrative officers.
Hospital Island was not always an island—it
was once possible to walk from Malabar Point
to the Naval Hospital without the need of a
bridge. The cut and opening at the north-west
end of the Lagoon were subsequently created
because of the foetid quality of its water.
Today, if you stand on Lagoon Bridge and
face the Great Sound, you can see a quaint
timber footbridge leading to Hospital Island
silhouetted against the sky. Apart from the
renovated Lefroy House, the hospital buildings have been destroyed.
And Grey’s Bridge? Named after Earl Grey,
British Principal Secretary of State, who also
gave his name to Earl Grey tea, the bridge
linked Ireland Island with Boaz Island and was
opened in 1850 by Admiral Lord Cochrane,
the Rt. Hon. the Earl of Dundonald. During
the same year, Little Watford Bridge was built
to connect Watford Island with Boaz Island.
According to Daniel Blagg’s Bermuda Gazet-
teer, it became known as the Piano Bridge
because its wooden cross-boards rattled when
For years, locals needing to travel between
Watford Island and Somerset Island relied
on the horse ferry, which was pulled back-
wards and forwards by winches and cables.
According to Zuill, bad weather continually
interrupted the ferry service, so workmen on
Ireland Island never knew whether they’d be
able to get to or return from work. Costing
£ 11, 400, Watford Bridge finally opened on
September 24, 1903. At last, 283 years after
Governor Butler’s first General Assembly, all
the main islands of Bermuda had bridges to
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left: Watford Bridge. above: Grey’s Bridge
joins Ireland Island South and Boaz Island