The Bermuda Biological Station

Talbot H. Waterman
1955 AIBS Bulletin  
A$ some oHicers of the Corps arc ordered to Bermuda every trooping season and as the requirements there differ in detail from any other station (except ,Tamaiea), it is well to obtain up-to-·date information before proceeding there. The following facis are written after a sojourn of three :]'nd a quarter years in the islands ;-Sociei!J.-There is a battalion of infantry, a company of gunners and about seven oHicers and one company of the Corps usually in the islands, though in former years there
more » ... former years there was more than doo hie that number. In Ireland Island there is a fine naval dockyard, in which there is usually at least one British ship, and frequently one Or two foreign ones. fl'here are a few retired Service people, any number of American resirlents and Aluerican visitors J i1nd the cheap fare season brings Alnerican trippers literall,Y uy the thousand. IIeir8sses abound, and are frequently acquired by Service men. rrhe Governor resides in a. line house outside the to\vn of Hamilton, where he holds frequent receptions, dances, &c. In addition, special " shows" are often arranged foL' foreign ships coming in and sometimes for our own ships. From New Year to the end of l\.fay there are always several danees a week, two of the largest botels giving all the garrison a standing invitation during the season. Bxeellent golf can he had either on tbe garrison or the civilian links; fishing and sailing are also to be bad, and boating, bathing, moonlight picnics, tennis, cricket, hockey, can all be indulged in as much as desired. There is practically no riding for ladies, and no polo, horses only heing kept for use, and not for pleasure. There is a raLher sketchy racecourse \\:here much the same H o,"vllers jJ vvin every year, but as this is ,"veIl kno\vn there is not much heartbuming, and little or no competition. The boatracing is not the mOf.it sporting under existing conditions, as there are no 11 one class" races, and handicapping therefore becomes rather difficult. For example, a tiny skiff might have to compete with a big yacht, under which conditions it is almost impossible to arrange" odus "that satisfy everyone cOlwerned. This is rather a pity, as it deters many men fl'Olll racing, but unless one CiLD afford quite a large cmre it is not much use competing against tLose who can.
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