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Location DB > Bermuda > Somerset > Former Royal Naval Dockyard > The Keep
The Keep
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created by Radio2600 on 10/15/2012 7:29 PM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 3/22/2024 12:52 AM
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A 6 acre stone fortress.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Partially restored as a museum
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
Former Royal Naval Dockyard
Former Royal Naval Dockyard, Somerset
Owner: Bermuda Government
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • sheep manure
  •  Interesting Features
    In addition to the easily accessible public areas of the museum, there are non-public areas you can wander into including abandoned buildings, bunkers and tunnels.

    Because the museum beyond the Commissioner's House has either never been restored or has fallen into disrepair, measures to preclude access to non-public areas have also fallen into disrepair.
     Security Measures
  • razor wire
  • 24 hour guard
  • locked gates
  • wooden boarding
  • $15 admission fee
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1783
    Closed: 1995
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • long pants / sleeves
  •  Recommended Equipment

    The Keep was the fortress of the Dockyard defenses. It is a six-acre fort, with seven irregular bastions, lettered ‘A’ to ‘G’, designed to protect the Dockyard from enemy attack.

    The Keep was built in various stages starting with initial construction in 1783 and ending in the late 1800's. Further modifications were made to accommodate newer weapons technologies for both WWI and WWII. The Royal Navy ceased using the facility in 1953, but the official closure date is 1995 when the maximum-security prison on site was closed.
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     Future Plans
    To be restored into the National Museum of Bermuda.

    At present, restoration is limited to only a small part of the complex.

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     Photo Galleries
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    Cell phone pics
    Mon, Oct 15th, 2012
    posted by Radio2600
    25 pictures
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    2019 Visit
    Wed, Jul 3rd, 2019
    posted by Radio2600
    14 pictures
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    Grundy's Undies
    Mon, Nov 28th, 2022
    posted by Radio2600
    7 pictures

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    The Keep and Dockyard
    Wed, Jul 3rd, 2019
    posted by Radio2600
     Web Links
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 3/22/2024 12:52 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Mar 22 24 at 0:52, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Mar 22 24 at 0:52, Emperor Wang changed the following: History, Status, Hazards, Interesting Features, Description, Web Links
  • on Nov 28 22 at 15:43, Steed validated this location
  • on Nov 28 22 at 13:36, Radio2600 updated gallery picture Looking West
  • on Nov 28 22 at 13:36, Radio2600 updated gallery picture Looking East
  • on Nov 28 22 at 3:02, Radio2600 updated gallery picture Gun Ports
  • on Nov 28 22 at 3:01, Radio2600 updated gallery picture Gun Ports
  • on Nov 28 22 at 3:00, Radio2600 added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Nov 28 22 at 1:57, Radio2600 updated gallery picture Looking East
  • on Nov 28 22 at 1:57, Radio2600 updated gallery picture Another Gun Port
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