Sea Venture replica by Milton Hill. *Photo supplied
Sea Venture replica by Milton Hill. *Photo supplied

FRIDAY, NOV. 16: Bermudian wood carver Milton Hill gave a specially made model boat of the Sea Venture to the Bishop of London who visited the island this weekend.

He was approached by St Peter’s Church to build the replica so they could give it to the Right Reverand Right Honorable Richard Chartres who attended a number of events here this month. To make the model Mr Hill used a piece of cedar some 1,000-years-old that he found on a South Shore bay following hurricane Fabian.

He said: “That particular root was about almost 4 foot in circumference and the sea had washed the inside of it out — the base of it was like a tray. When Fabian came it all got washed out and nobody knew it was there – when I make special pieces I cut a piece out of that.”

Over the years he has given carved gifts to many dignitaries including William and Kate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. He displays much of his work at the Windjammer Gallery at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess and he has a piece on display as part of the current Charman Prize at Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art.