National Geographic : 1971 Jul
A story persists about one renowned priv ateer, Capt. Darrell Harvey, who departed in 1799 aboard a 120-ton bark with a crew of 125-about fifteen times the necessary man power. A few months later he returned to Bermuda with 18 other ships, all captured and manned by his supernumerary crew. Whenever privateering fell off, Bermudians found another way to capture ships-from land. By rearranging beacons, the natives ingeniously confused passing mariners and lured ships to their doom on the reefs. Wreck ers waited for ships to hit, then darted out to salvage them. 106 Bermudians like to tell a tale about a stormy Sunday morning when a church serv ice was under way at St. Anne's. A man rushed in and began whispering to some of the male members of the congregation, who were seen to reach for their hats. "John Smith, what are you saying to these people?" demanded the minister. - "Parson," said Smith, "there's a ship on the southwest breakers." The parson quickly shed piety in favor of profit. "The congregation will remain seated until I take off my surplice," he said. "Then, boys, we'll all start fair."