Lance Hayward
Born June 17,1916

Despite being blind from infancy, Lancelot Hayward became one of Bermuda's most respected and best-loved musicians. Largely self-taught, he played with most of Bermuda's popular bands of the post-war era as well as fronting his own groups and trios. 

During the heyday of Bermuda's hotel and nightclub scene in the 1950s and 1960s, Hayward was in demand as an accompanist by star singers who performed in Bermuda, such as Marvin Gaye, Carmen McRae and Sarah Vaughan.

He performed with jazz legends like Arthur Prysock, Joe Williams, Buddy Rich and George Benson, and in 1987 recorded an album with legendary jazz bassist Milt Hinton. He also appeared on television and radio in the US, Canada, Europe and Japan.


First commercial flight
June 12, 1937

Bermudians’ passion for air travel took flight with the inauguration of the first commercial passenger service between Bermuda and New York.

On June 12, 1937, Imperial Airways flying ship Cavalier left Darrell’s Island seaplane base for Port Washington, Long Island, New York. Around the same time,  Pan American’s flying ship Bermuda Clipper took off from Port Washington in preparation for its first passenger flight in the opposite direction.

Cavalier’s inaugural flight took five hours while Bermuda Clipper made it to Darrell’s Island in just under five and a half hours. Bermuda globe-trotters never looked back.

SourcesThe Royal Gazette, June 17, 1937 andBermuda: Five Centuries by Rosemary Jones

Imperial Flying Boat Cavalier flew the first commercial flight from Bermuda.

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