For our philatelist friends, the Bermuda
Gov has just released a new series of stamps depicting the history
of our Marine
Scenes showing the gigs and the crews are well presented.
Up until 1932 these services were on a private competetive nature of first to the ship got the job.
Thes gigs, 40 ft by 4 1/2 ft, would go "over the edge" (horizon) to catch a ship, and one famous incident saw one sailed to Cape Hatteras because of weather
My father did one trip as navigator after getting off of the Furness Withy steamers in 1931. He told me "never again"
Visit our Post Office site to see.