bermuda 70 E X P L O R E R I C H M A R I T I M E H I STORY at bermuda’s ROYAL NAVAL DOCKYARD BY DYLAN BARMMER Today, the Royal Naval Dockyard anchors Bermuda’s West End, welcoming cruise ship passengers from all over the world to this charming and historic island in the North Atlantic Ocean. Boasting renowned South Shore beaches like Horseshoe Bay and a fine collection of shops, restaurants, museums, and entertainment options, the Dockyard (often referred to today as King’s Wharf) is a hub for an array of enchanting experiences on the island. But a little over two centuries ago, the Royal Naval Dockyard had a vastly different look and served a starkly different purpose. In the many years in between, it has witnessed some historic occurrences and events. In fact, it would go on to serve as the principal Western Atlantic base of the Royal Navy all the way up until the Cold War.