National Geographic : 1939 Feb
© National Geographic Society Kodachrome Photograph byE.John Long CRUMBLING BASTIONS OF FORT ST. CATHERINE FROWN DOWN ON A CORAL STRAND--BUT ITS ONLY BATTLES HAVE BEEN WITH WAVES Bermuda has many sheltered bathing beaches such as this sunny cove on St. George's Island. Built early inthe 17th century by Bermuda's first governor, Richard Moore, the fort was one of eight that guarded the original capital, St. George. The islands' history really began in1609 when theSea Venture, bound for Vir ginia with a load of colonists, was wrecked near this spot. From native cedars the castaways built two pinnaces in which they continued their voyage toJamestown, leaving two deserters who became Bermuda's first settlers.