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From that time on, ships serving Bermuda year-round from both the USA and elsewhere in the world have been freight-only vessels.However, there are seasonal cruise ships to and from Bermuda, mostly from/to US ports. Visitors to St Georges can meet characters from Bermudas 1775 Gunpowder Plot over the next few weeks.Jan Card, owner of St Georges jeweler Vera P Card, expressed hope that the visits would mark the beginning of a new trend for the town.

On the night of August 14, several dozen men broke into an unguarded ammunition magazine above Tobacco Bay, stealing more than 100 casks of gunpowder for delivery to American ships waiting offshore.

Other activities include a daily Unesco World Heritage Walking Tour, a behind-the-scenes tour of St Peters Church and the daily historic re-enactment of the Ducking Stool.

Corporation secretary Candy-Lee Foggo said: We are working to make the town more lively, with craft stalls in Kings Square, including Ashleys Lemonade, with its refreshing drinks, plus buskers playing throughout the town, which all adds to the ambience.

The stolen powder made it safely to Washingtons troops, convincing the Continental Congress to lift its crippling wartime embargo on food and supplies to the island as a British colony.

Local actors, dressed in period costume, are helping bring the episode to life by regaling town visitors with facts and anecdotes about the event that exploded tensions between Bermuda, its colonial governor and the English government.

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