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    Royal Palms - 2004 Re-enactment

    by grandmaR Written Nov 23, 2004

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    Favorite thing: When we visited in 1963, Bob took a photo of me (pregnant) in Somer's Garden. This time, I asked him to take another one of me and this is the result.

    Fondest memory: Admiral Somers returned to Bermuda in order to get more food for the Virginia colony at Jamestown and died there in 1610. His nephew Matthew, who had accompanied him with a small crew, did not fulfill his uncle's wishes to return to Virginia. Instead, he carried Sir George's preserved body (less his heart, which had been cut out and buried in Bermuda, in strict accordance with his wishes) on board the Patience, pickled in a barrel, back to Lyme Regis in Dorset, where the Admiral was buried in 1611 at Whitchurch Canonicorum in Dorset.

    Somers gardens, opened in 1920 by the Prince of Wales, contain palms and other tropical plants. The gardens are notable because of the beautiful Royal Palms.

    Me leaning on a royal palm in Somer's garden 2004 Somer's Garden from the street
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    Royal Palms - the best on the island

    by grandmaR Updated Nov 23, 2004

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    Favorite thing: 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.

    Fondest memory: 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." (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.

    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.

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