Atlantic Ocean and St. George

In the morning, we headed out to the dive shop to suit up for our Bermuda Triangle scuba adventure!  The Atlantic Ocean water temperature was 68°F, which was freezing for us.  We wore a full 6mm wet suit and I was still shivering in the water.

Our first dive site was the wreck of the Minnie Breslauer, Bermuda’s unluckiest ship.  She ended up sinking on her maiden voyage on New Year’s Day in 1873.  That pretty much blows.  Max depth is 70ft (21m) here, but we averaged at 55ft (17m) for the 35min dive.  Rare black coral grew around the shipwreck, but my favorite was the ethereal purple sea fern that swayed gently with the currents.  It was also fun to swim through the rock crevices.  We also saw parrot fish, sand dollar, sea urchin, brain coral, and other beautiful soft corals.  Our second dive sit was the “In Betweens,” which was a shallower 25ft (8m) dive for 25min.  We saw pretty black trigger fish with their neon blue stripes and schools of grouper fish.

We finished our dives shortly after noon, and then got ready to explore St. George.  It took approximately 1 hour to get to St. George from Southampton.  We took the pink local bus to Hamilton ($3 fare for this zone- no bills accepted) and then transferred at the terminal to continue to St. George ($4.50 fare).  The scenery along the route to St. George parish was especially spectacular.

When we alighted the bus, our first thought was FOOD!  We headed to the popular Tavern by the Sea for some lunch.  Finally satiated, we were ready to be tourists again.

St. George is a quaint town located within the St. George parish (northeast part of the island).  St. George was founded in 1612 and is the oldest, continually inhabited English settlement in the New World.  The town served as Bermuda’s capital until 1815 when Hamilton became the new capital city.  St. George became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000.

From the harbour, we  walked to King’s Square in less than 5 minutes.  Town Hall is located here, as well as a somewhat cheesy tourist attraction: the stocks and pillories.  During the tourist season, actors will put on a show and demonstrate how the community used to punish residents for minor offenses against public morals by exposure to ridicule and the occasional tomato.

We continued to explore the town and stumbled upon the Unfinished Church- a beautiful Gothic structure consisting of walls, a few pillars, but no roof.  This church was originally meant to be the replacement for St. Peter’s Church in the 1870s.  However, the project was abandoned on the eve of its completion due to financial problems, parish infighting, and a damaging hurricane storm.  It is now a preserved site.

This was our favorite man-made tourist attraction in Bermuda.  It is a very popular photographer’s location as well.

We then headed towards Fort St. Catherine, but we never made it (another fort we failed to reach) as we got distracted by all the gorgeous limestone cliff formations along the way.  Past Tobacco Bay, we found a cute little cave perched on the cliff side that had two lawn chairs set up there from which we relaxed and watched the tide come in.

We took our time strolling through the streets of this historic town before heading back to the bus terminal near the Harbour.  We caught the bus back to Hamilton, and then took the ferry back to Southampton before calling it a night.

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