Gazetteer, overall an in-depth description of our island’s internally self-governing British Overseas Territory 900 miles north of the Caribbean, 600 miles east of North Carolina, USA. To counter the method of Methodist preacher George Stephenson who technically was not committing an offence but by his own words preached to African Blacks and Captive Negroes, Parliament passed a law permitting only Church of England ministers to preach in Bermuda.
But because he persisted, Stephenson was arrested when preaching a service at the home in St. In the latter position he was responsible for the disposition of prizes of war seized by privateers, a frequent occurrence as Great Britain was at the time at war with France, and many American shipowners lost vessels through his decisions. Consequently, his tenure in this position was widely reviled in the United States, and he was frequently insulted in the mainland press.
Regiment of Foot on 20 May 1779. He was captured and held prisoner by the French ship La Vengeance in 1797 during the French Revolutionary Wars. He went on to be Governor of Bermuda from 1806 to 1810. Writing to his London headquarters, Simon Frazer, Royal Artillery, Commissioner for the UK military in St. Georges, noted the potential value of Bermuda if held by enemies of Britain or, if armed by the British, against the United States.
Dockyard was built and Bermuda was fortified. James Gosling, the son of a wine and spirit merchant from England set out for America by chartered ship with a quantity of merchandise, ready to start a new life. After 91 days his charter ran out and he was forced to dock in the nearest port, which was Bermuda.
Rum was born several years later as a result of his experimentations in barrel-ageing rum distillate. First Bermuda-rigged sloop or schooner was built in Bermuda. She was the Laura, a Ballyhoo schooner, based on the Royal Navy’s “Lady Hammond” class, but designed for fast transport of perishable cargo and as a dispatch vessel.