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By the early twentieth century, Bermuda had become a trendy winter destination for wealthy visitors. After luxury steamship liners began arriving in the 1920s, the islands’ tourist industry moved ahead of agriculture. Airline passenger flights to Bermuda started arriving in 1937. After the Second World War ended, the United States opened American-built Kindley Air Force Base to civilian traffic, giving tourists from the United States’ east coast easy access to Bermuda. In the 1960s, airline technology moved from propeller to jet engines.
As was customary in those times, Somers’ crew embalmed his body to preserve it for shipment back to England for burial there. As part of the embalming procedure, they removed and buried his heart and entrails (stomach, intestines, liver, and other organs). A small tomb in the town of St. George contains these remains today. Bermudians are proud of the heroic story of the Sea Venture (1609–1610). Somers Day, the first Friday in August, is a national holiday in honor of Admiral Somers’ fearless leadership.
Q 12/15/04 1:53 PM Page 37 3 Bermuda Through Time T he history of Bermuda is a story about how a small and isolated community has survived and triumphed. The story chronicles how Bermudians faced poverty, took advantage of opportunities, and eventually turned their islands into one of the world’s most attractive tourist and banking centers. Of major importance was the island’s unique geographical position, which on several occasions made Bermuda a place of economic and military importance in the North Atlantic region.