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Royal Navy Dockyard in Sandys Parish, Dockyards, Bermuda
 

The Broad Arrow

 
 
The Broad Arrow Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 20, 2017
1. The Broad Arrow Marker
Inscription.
The Broad Arrow, or "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.

 
Location.
The Broad Arrow Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 20, 2017
2. The Broad Arrow Marker
32° 19.607′ N, 64° 49.958′ W. Marker is in Royal Navy Dockyard, Dockyards, in Sandys Parish. Marker is on N Arm, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located on a rampart near the entrance to the Royal Naval Dockyard.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 16 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Victualling Yard (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); North Rock Beacon (about 240 meters away); The Great Western Storehouse (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); John Till (approx. 15.8 kilometers away in St George’s); First Government House (approx. 15.8 kilometers away in St George’s); Midshipman Richard Sutherland Dale (approx. 15.8 kilometers away in St George’s); Thomas Moore (approx. 15.9 kilometers away in St George’s); Settlement of Bermuda (approx. 16 kilometers away in St George’s). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Royal Navy Dockyard.
 
Categories. Military
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 21, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 69 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 21, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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