Arts of the Sea

The relationship between Bermudians and the sea has shaped our cultural identity from the earliest days of settlement until present day. Bermudians have always been highly talented sailors and shipwrights: from the enslaved men of African descent who were renowned for their boat building and piloting expertise, to the settlers of English descent who relied upon their maritime abilities for success in trade and defense. Many of these skills, as well as fishing, sailmaking, salvage, and net fishery have been passed along through family traditions as well as formal apprenticeship. Diving and boating for pleasure, including participation in races such as fitted dinghy, have become a major part of Bermudian cultural life, resulting in a robust appreciation of the ocean that surrounds us.