bermuda heritage

Remembering the capture of U-505

The capture of the German submarine U-505 in the Second World War - and the part a Grman sailor played in it - has been remembered in this story in the The Royal Gazette.

Today is the 75th anniversary of the capture by the US Navy of the submarine off Africa with its Enigma encryption machine intact. The capture gave the Allies invaluable access to German secret codes just weeks after the June 6 invasion of Normandy.

To ensure the Germans did not change their codes, the submarine was reported as sunk whereas in fact it was brought to Bermuda and kept here in secret.

The full story of U-505 was published in the July 2018 in Volume 21 of The Bermuda Journal of Archaeology and Maritime History, maintained by the National Museum of Bermuda, a member of Heritage Bermuda.

Bermuda is a treasure trove of stories for military buffs. Its strategic location in the Atlantic has made it an important naval and air base for four centuries.

NY Amsterdam News gets the buzz!

Bermuda and its heritage have been featured in the New York Amsterdam News - one of the oldest African American newspapers in the US.

The article, which can be found here,  includes mentions of Masterworks, Bermuda's forts and the UNESCO World Heritage Site in St George's.

The article says: "Take advantage of the many tours. For example, on a trip to St. Georges you’ll see centuries-old forts, winding cobble stoned alleys, as well as local bars and restaurants that make it clear you’re not in Kansas. There’s so much history in St. Georges that it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can tour via foot or bicycle. You can take a haunted history tour, a shopping or walking tour in Hamilton, the nation’s capital. Or maybe you might enjoy high tea at the Bermuda Perfumery, the scones, finger sandwiches, mini quiches, local honey and jam are tempting." 

And it says Masterworks is a wonderful place to get a sense of "Bermuda's magic".


Heritage Bermuda website

The Bermuda Heritage Partnership has launched a website -

Designed to help visitors and travel planners organise trips to Bermuda which show that the Island is more than sun and sand, the website offers model itineraries and information about Bermuda's rich and diverse history.  

For more information, contact Starla Williams at or Bill Zuill at 441.236.6483 or