War Department WD 49 - Dockyards, Bermuda
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 32° 19.607 W 064° 49.958
20S E 327502 N 3578133
Quick Description: A broad arrow, a.k.a. crows-foot, cut benchmark is located on a rampart near the entrance to the Royal Naval Dockyard in Bermuda.
Location: Bermuda
Date Posted: 4/2/2017 7:13:39 AM
Waymark Code: WMVCR5
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
Views: 5

Long Description:

This cut benchmark is located just before the the north gateway into the Royal Naval Dockyard as you approach from the cruise ship docks at Heritage Wharf. Documentation for the benchmark is given by a sign adjacent to the benchmark. The sign is inscribed:


The Broad Arrow, of "crow's foot", is the traditional symbol of British
military property and is found throughout Bermuda on milestones and
boundary stones, several fine examples of which are on display at the
Maritime Museum. The Broad Arrow is often accompanied by letters such
as WD (War Department) or BM (Bench Mark). Since it was also used as
a reference point, it frequently appears with a number.

The Broad Arrow appears in many places in the Dockyard; it is set onto
many of the bollards and appears in several places on the ramparts as
survey reference points.

The origins of the Broad Arrow as a mark of Royal ownership lie in the
formation of the Royal Artillery during Marlborough's wars in the 1690's
when Lord Romney was appointed Master General of Artillery and
adopted his family's coat of arms, the Broad Arrow, as one of the badges
of Ordinance Corps. The symbol has been used for many centuries,
even at one time on the clothing of prisoners. because the Ordinance
Corps was responsible for the British Government mapping service, until
recently known as the ordinance Survey, the Broad Arrow was used as a
height reference point or bench mark for surveying and mapping.

It has the advantage of being very distinct and easy to make with three
strokes of a pen or chisel.

Designation: WD 46

Benchmark Agency: British Military in Bermuda

Nearest Address:
Royal Naval Dockyard
Dockyards, Bermuda


Parking Coordinates: Not Listed

Trailhead: Not Listed

Website: Not listed

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