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    Abandoned buildings

    Abandoned Royal Navy Buildings in Bermuda

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     ErinBermuda shared photos her parents Richard Jackson and Maureen Callanan captured while visiting the abandoned British Royal Naval Dockyard on Ireland Island in Bermuda back in January 2014. "These buildings capture an era long gone in Bermuda's history and give us an opportunity to imagine what life in Bermuda might have been like in the mid 1800s and early 1900s,' she said.
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    The British Royal Naval Dockyard on Ireland Island, Bermuda was opened in 1809 and became the permanent location of the Admiralty for North America and the West Indies, as well as the base for a naval squadron. In the mid 1800’s buildings were erected on Maria Hill as the single mechanics quarters and a school was built for the purpose of technical education for apprentices and the general education of Admiralty employees’ children.
    After the Second World War the dockyard was no longer deemed relevant to Royal Navy operations and was closed in 1952. (A small base, HMS Malabar, continued to operate until this base was finally closed in 1995.) Most of the Dockyard, along with other Admiralty and War Office land in Bermuda was sold to the Bermuda Government.
    The abandoned buildings on Maria Hill were later used as pig and chicken farms... cages and farm equipment may still be seen as well as many bones. The old buildings are now eerily riddled with Indian Laurel vines, holding on like giant fingers as nature has now reclaimed this land as its own.
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