Poll launched to help decide future of Deliverance
The Corporation of St George has launched a poll to determine the future of the replica of the Deliverance.
The corporation announced it has moved to phase two of the Ordnance Island Development Project which includes focusing resources on the replica of the ship that “helped save America”.
The corporation has contracted architects and structural engineers, and consulted with professional boat builders, historians and town partners the Bermuda Tourism Authority and Bermuda Economic Development Corporation on the feasibility of retaining the existing structure.
George Dowling, the Mayor of St George, said: "Collectively, we understand there would be extensive remediation and rebuilding to retain the replica as is. Currently, the structure is unsafe.
“To that end, we communicate with the community. We have created a poll to determine national awareness and desire to engage with the Deliverance."
The original ship was built in Bermuda by survivors of the Sea Venture using wreckage from that ship. The Deliverance shipped vital supplies to the colony at Jamestown in 1610.
Members of the public can participate in the poll by visiting https://corpstgeorge.bm/ and following the survey link.
The results will be used as a general gauge. A spokesman for the corporation added: “Recommendations from the public can be provided but must be from certified professionals as this project requires capital investment.”
As part of phase one of the project, the corporation undertook and completed the redesign of the Sir George Somers display by relocating it to the centre of the Ordnance Island roundabout.
It also extended the original exhibit to include recognition of the six nations most responsible for creating modern Bermuda people, society and culture today – Britain, America, Canada, Portugal, Angola and Ghana.