Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bermuda: City Hall Weather Vane - Hamilton, Bermuda

City Hall Weather Vane
Hamilton, Bermuda

N 32° 17.660 W 064° 47.130

Short Description: 

An unusual weather vane is located on the west side of the front of Hamilton City Hall located at 17 Church Street, Hamilton, Bermuda

Long Description:

The weather vane on Hamilton City Hall is an unusual and iconic feature of the building. The 91' high tower on the front of the building has a weather vane on the roof which is a replica of the ship the H.M.S. Sea Venture. In 1609, this ship was sailed by Sir George Somers the first settler of Bermuda. He purposely grounded the ship on the reef outside present day St. George to prevent the ship from sinking, thereby saving all the passengers and crew members aboard. These survivors then founded the first settlement in Bermuda. The beautiful blue, gold and black dial on the front of the tower has a single dial which reports the wind direction.

The stamp is part of a set of four stamps issued by Bermuda on June 24, 1974 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Rotary International in Bermuda.

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