After the 17th c. failure of tobacco cultivation, Bermudians turned to a skilled maritime-based economy. Thereafter emerged an 18th c. Mujan reputation for the “marine arts” and seafaring around the Atlantic world and beyond. Central were speedy cedar sloops, skilled white and enslaved mariners and the technological innovation of the triangular “Bermuda rig” that could sail closer to the wind. Sail Training Vessel (STV) Spirit of Bermuda, is based on “Bermudian” schooners built 1810-1840 for the Royal Navy in the period that spanned the Abolition of the Slave Trade (1807) and Slavery within the British Empire (1834). These RN "sloops of of war” first ran patrol north to Halifax and south to Kingston, Jamaica , then formed part of the patrol intending the slave trade on the West African coast and the Caribbean. Painting depicts a “Bermudian” or Ballyhoo” off Kingston, Jamaica - c. 1835.
SPIRIT OF BERMUDA is the first in line.
SPIRIT is an example of regulated, global class of purpose-built ‘pocket’ sail training vessel (measuring under 24 meters on the water line) with a capacity of 24 student crew. Built to American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) standards, she operates to United Kingdom regulations under the Bermuda flag.