Bermuda: The Warwick Project

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The English gunboat "H.M.S. Vixen" sunk in 1896

Beginning next week, the 88-room Rosewood Tucker’s Point in Bermuda is hosting a team of researchers from The Explorer Club in New York to explore the remains of the British galleon The Warwick, which sits on the bottom of Castle Harbour fronting the resort. Founded in 1904, members of the Club from around the world have been the first to reach both poles, the summit of Everest and the surface of the moon.

Undertaking the mission dubbed “The Warwick Project,” the men and women marine scientists will spend a month excavating and electronically surveying various parts of the ship, especially its well-preserved hull, to create computer-generated scans that will allow them to recreate a replica on land. The 16-century ship owned by the Earl of Warwick fought the Spanish Armada in 1588 and sunk off Bermuda in 1619, joining hundreds of other galleons over the centuries. No other destination in the Western Hemisphere offers as plentiful and varied wreck diving as here.

Almost 400 hundred years later, Tucker’s Point is giving visiting groups the opportunity to be part of the project while discovering some of Bermuda’s fascinating history. Groups can actually go out to the wreck during the research project to learn about the high-tech project firsthand. Or, for those who prefer to remain on land, they’ll have the chance to mingle with the researchers during community information sessions, Q&A’s and hands-on workshops.

“This is a great honor for Rosewood Tucker’s Point and an extraordinary opportunity for our guests, residents and the local community to participate in history-in-the-making as they learn about Bermuda’s rich maritime heritage,” says Managing Director Brian Young.

Updates on new discoveries throughout the project will be dispatched to the guestrooms daily. And at the end of the project, the Bermuda Maritime Museum will create a hard-bound book showcasing the new discoveries, to be placed permanently in all of the accommodations.

After the researchers have wrapped up their work, planners can still create programs in concert with the Bermuda Maritime Museum. Either request resident researchers accompany groups during events at sea or shoreside, or book an event at the elegant Commissioner’s House, with indoor dining capacity for 200 pax.

From the Museum’s website:

Imagine your event at the beautifully-restored Commissioner’s House, one of Bermuda’s most important landmarks and the world’s first cast-iron building. Sitting high inside the Keep, the three-storey 30,000 square-foot House features grand staircases, mahogany crown mouldings and french doors throughout a fascinating backdrop of museum exhibits and special collections. Enjoy intimate indoor/outdoor entertaining and dining inside attractive exhibit rooms, classically furnished dining rooms, or on two levels of deep, wrapping verandahs boasting breathtaking views of Bermuda. Commissioner’s House can be rented as a whole or dining/meeting rooms can be rented individually.

Opened in 2009 with 5,000 sf of meeting space, Rosewood Tucker’s Point features five dining options including The Point Restaurant & Terrace housing more than 3,000 bottles of wine. It also displays Pan Am Airline’s one-of-a-kind Sky Club murals depicting the world’s major ports of the 1880s. During summer and fall seasons, groups can book oceanfront lunch or dinner events at The Beach Club Restaurant & Bar, under a shaded pergola overlooking the island’s famous pink-sand beaches.

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