Photo of the week – Bermuda Harbor at Christmas

A ship in the Bermuda Harbor at Christmas 1956


With this “Photo of the Week” entry I am kicking off a new blog category. I will pick an interesting photo each week, some old, some very old, some more recent, some great, and most likely some silly!  I will only use pictures taken either by me or by a family member. 

I’ll write about the circumstances of the photo and will try to include some information about the trip or the area. I will shoot for getting these entries out early in the week, Monday or Tuesday.



Looking across Bermuda Harbor at Christmas, 1956

My mother and father took a trip to Bermuda around Christmas, 1956, taking my eldest sister (8 years old), with them. I don’t know much about the trip and my sister doesn’t remember many of the details either.  (I along with my brother and my other sister were not yet born.)  My father always had a good camera and on this trip he took lots of pictures of my mother and sister, and of the island itself.   I inherited a cache of 50 or so of these 2 ½” color slides and have had most of them converted to jpeg files by a professional firm.  Some of these pictures are really good even after all these years!  I’ll share more of them in upcoming blog posts.

One day I would love to go to Bermuda with some of these pictures printed out or on an iPad, and find an elderly islander with a sharp memory to tell me about what some of them depict and where they were taken. I will henceforth add that to my bucket list!  There you have it – my excuse to go to Bermuda – as though an excuse was needed!

Today’s featured photo appears to look across part of the harbor at an anchored ship that is done up with lots of lights and calls to mind a festive Christmas Tree. I have no way of knowing if this was deliberate or if it was just an illuminated ship across the water that caught my father’s eye.  Nonetheless I find it a fun picture that leaves lots of room for the imagination.


Bermuda is a small cluster of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean and is about 640 miles ESE of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory and is in fact very British in culture and tradition.  The climate is mostly gentle and warm due to the nearby waters of the Gulf Stream, though not as warm as the Bahama or Caribbean islands far to the south.  It is famous for great snorkeling and scuba diving, and for the numerous beautiful pink-sand beaches.  The official language is English and the official currency is the Bermudian Dollar, which is pegged to the US Dollar.  An interesting thing about Bermuda is that almost all visitors are not allowed to drive cars, instead needing to take cabs, busses, or rent the popular and plentiful scooters.  It is a major golfing destination also and there are numerous courses.  As of this writing, US visitors will need a valid passport for entry into Bermuda.  Here is a link to a Bermuda Wikipedia page.   Let’s go!


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