Captain Lawrence Trimingham's ancestor John Trimingham arrived in Bermuda from England before 1620. Sailing has been part of the family heritage ever since, with some ancestors even obtaining 'Letters of Marque' to engage in privateering.
They were not always successful though. In 1776, one of the first ships ever captured by the fledgling U.S. Navy, with its founding captain, John Paul Jones at the helm was the Sea Nymph owned and captained by Francis Trimingham:
"I took the Bermuda built brigantine Sea Nymph, bound from Barbadoes to London, with a cargo of two hundred and twenty seven hogsheads and eight barrels of rum, five hogsheads, two tierces, and ten barrels of sugar, six bags of ginger, fourteen casks of oil, and twelve pipes "best particular London market Madeira wine." The brig is new, and sails very fast, so that she is a pretty good prize"
John Paul Jones 1777 source: US Govt Archives
Lawrence continues the sailing tradition (in a peaceful manner, trying to avoid enemy capture) as captain of Bermudian Escape. He has been sailing in local waters since childhood, and more recently in the Caribbean aboard Bermudian Escape. He has many stories to tell if asked of Bermuda’s historical, geographic, and cultural nature…….or none at all if all you want is a quiet relaxing day on the water!
Capt. Lawrence is a fully licensed Marine Pilot (Offshore Territorial Waters) with CPR and First Aid training. He is also a member of the Cruising Club of America.
When Lawrence is not sailing, he might be found painting portraits in the 19th cent. "Old Masters style". His works are here. https://www.flickr.
'Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain, a frequent visitor to Bermuda.