The Significance of the Meyer’s Wharf Ship’s Graveyard
View beyond Taifun (Foreground), of St. George from the cruise and ferry docks over to the boat yards (Background). (Photo courtesy of Program in Maritime Studies, ECU).
While the vessels lying around Meyer’s Wharf may lack the romance of their catastrophically wrecked counterparts, they play a significant role in understanding Bermuda’s past. These ships contributed to successful maritime industries all around the world, before ending their lives in Bermuda where their “death” would enrich Bermuda’s economy. Situated along shore and clear of the main recreational and commercial shipping channel, they do not pose a hindrance to the functionality of the area. The abandonments form an artificial breakwater creating a calm inner bay. These are ideal conditions for the operation of the nearby boat yard and marina. While Meyer’s Wharf vessels may be shells of their former selves, they are at the core of the maritime cultural landscape of St. George.