Sunday, November 16, 2014

Bermuda: Dockyard Ferry Dock - Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Parish, Bermuda

Dockyard Ferry Dock
Royal Naval Dockyard
Sandys Parish, Bermuda

N 32° 19.587 W 064° 50.003

Short Description: 

The new Dockyard Ferry Dock is on the west end of Bermuda near the cruise ship wharves.

Long Description:

The Bermuda ferry service, known as Sea Express, is operated by the Government of Bermuda's Department of Marine and Ports Services. They are responsible for the safe movement of both international shipping and local ferry transportation service between the islands of Bermuda. They operate public ferries over several routes. The three main docks are located at the Royal Naval Dockyard, the town of St. George, and the capital, Hamilton.

In 2002, Sea Express, part of Department of Marine and Ports Services, opened a new docking facility in the Royal Naval Dockyard on Ireland Island North. This ferry dock predominately accommodates the cruise ship passengers that utilize the Kings Wharf that was built to handle the newer and larger cruise ships that could not reach the ports of St. George or Hamilton.

Officiating at the opening were several dignitaries including: the then Premier of Bermuda, Jennifer M. Smith; C. Eugene Cox, Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance; Ewart F. Brown, Minister of Transportation; Lois M. Browne-Evans, Attorney General and Minister of Legislative Affairs; Walter M. Lister, Deputy Speaker House of Assembly.

Jennifer Meredith Smith was born in 1947 in Bermuda. She attended the Art Institute of Bermuda before returning to Bermuda as a reporter. She was appointed to the Bermuda Senate in 1980 and was elected to the House of Assembly in 1989 as a member of the Progressive Labour Party. Upon her party winning the election of 1998, as leader of her party, She became the premier of Bermuda as post she held until 2003. She presided over the opening of the Dockyard Ferry Dock on June 11, 2002.

Ewart Frederick Brown, Jr., was a Member of the Assembly and Minister of Transportation at the opening of the Dockyard Ferry Dock. He oversaw the public bus system, taxis, marine ports and ferries, vehicle licensing, and aviation. A progressive leader, he modernized the Bermuda's obsolete ferry system with new and faster, 205-seat catamarans, the Serenity and the Resolute. He became Premier of Bermuda from 2006 to 2010. A physician by profession, he is the medical director of Bermuda Healthcare Services.

A polished black granite plaque is embedded in the top of a 4' high cinder block platform. The plaque commemorated the opening of the Dockyard Ferry Dock which provides ferry service to St. George and Hamilton, Bermuda.

The plaque contains the image of a ferry and the following inscription:

Dockyard Ferry Dock
Opened on 11 June 2002
The Hon. Jennifer M. Smith, JP, DHum, MP, The Premier of Bermuda
The Hon. C. Eugene Cox, JP, MP, Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance
The Hon. Dame Lois M. Browne-Evans, DBE, JP, MP, Attorney General
and Minister of Legislative Affairs
Dr. the Hon. Ewart F. Brown, JP, MP, Minister of Transport
Mr. Walter M. Lister, JP, MP, Deputy Speaker House of Assembly

Sea Express
You Gotta Sea It!

Dr. the Hon. Ewart F. Brown, JP, MP
Minister of Transport

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