3275, issued by the Navy Office in July for building two sloops of war in Bermuda; draught no.
3276, for building the two sloops Bermuda and Indian (the brother of famous British writer Jane Austen, later an Admiral, commanded the latter from her commissioning in Bermuda); draught No. 3276, for fitting out the Bermuda and Indian; draught No.
The French Navy, which caused the blockade that was the major factor in the British defeat by the Americans, had been smashed. This was why Ireland Island in Sandys Parish, the former separate, narrow serrated island that pushes out into the Atlantic at the extreme north west of Bermuda, formally started to become, from 1809 when it was officially acquired by the British Admiralty, a Royal Navy base of one-time huge significance.
In rapid succession in 1803, the British Admiralty issued draught no.
We have to continually invest and reinvent ourselves to keep us ahead of the competition. As it looks today, a far cry from its original purpose dating back to 1795 as a fortified Royal Navy Dockyard following Britain's defeat by the USA in the 1776 to 1783 American Revolution. With the Militia Act 1794 and the end of the American War of Independence, Bermuda began to assume an importance to the Admiralty that would see it become the base of the North America and West Indies Squadron, and the site of the only full Naval dockyard West of Portsmouth, England except for Halifax in Nova Scotia and of possibly more strategic importance in the event of invasion of Canada by the USA.
The Royal Navy Dockyard subsequently built in Bermuda was designed not primarily for defence but for attack, from which to launch a Royal Navy invasion of the USA.
Restoration work was completed by Overnight Construction and Strikeforce, and was completed on budget.
To think that I was here only a few months ago touring a dilapidated building and now to see it today is truly amazing.Later called HMS Malabar, it has remained empty since the Royal Navy left Dockyard in 1995.Craig Cannonier, Minister of Public Works, said the remarkable restoration was a fitting tribute to the buildings history.Andrew Dias, general manager at West End Development Corporation, said the landmark building had fallen into disrepair.It was always our intention to make sure this historic building was restored and with the help of a grant from the Ministry of Public Works, work has now been finished, he said.
4540, for work on the navy schooners Dispatch and Advice; and draught no.