From there, it was fitting to go through the very narrow channel between Paget Fort and Smiths Fort to Smiths Island. We could all appreciate how suicidal it would have been to attempt an invasion, trying to sail betwixt two batteries that could fire into one's hull at point-blank range (50 feet or so):
We were also sailing in the wake of the Plough, which landed the Virginia Company's first 50 deliberately sent settlers to Bermuda in July 1612, another historically appropriate touch. As we headed for Smiths Island's north dock to land the passengers, we passed the 1758 whalehouse from the water side and could make out the slips used to haul out flenced (butchered) whale carcasses and the four trypot furnace used to turn blubber into oil.
We then disembarked and proceeded to the Oven Site to see what we had done so far. Mike and crew had just removed the last of the rubble material associated with the building's destruction, so on Monday we get to start digging the sealed layers that relate to when the house was actually occupied! Very exciting stuff:
|Goodbye rubble layer!|
The students were cut loose midday after our public visit to begin their weekend. Some may have gone to the various Diamond Jubilee commemoration events being held this weekend here in Bermuda - or just crashed at Convict Bay. I know I'm looking forward to my day off tomorrow - the first in a long while! We have to rest up for a very exciting week to come - excavating the occupation layers and hopefully finding the posts associated with the house's construction.