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But as an amenity this pair of islands will provide hours of enjoyment for the boater or environmentalist or someone who just wishes a convenient escape from the mainland.
Originally 4 acres, is 200 yards by sea from the exclusive area of Point Shares, in Pembroke Parish.
Going from northwest to east, the six principal islands or former islands are Ireland Island (north and south), Boaz Island, Somerset, Main, St. All six principal islands are now joined together and to other accessible islands or former islands such as Coney Island and Cooper's Island - by 12 bridges and a causeway. Most islands are in Castle Harbor, Great Sound, Little Sound, Hamilton Harbor and Harrington Sound (an internal lake, accessing the sea via Flatts Inlet).
Most visitors confine themselves to these six principal islands without knowing they are going from one to the other (because there are no island signs) or are discouraged from seeing islands which are not among the principal group because there is no scheduled service to them. The bridges linking the principal islands are less than 100 years old. All islands have a limestone rock, with coral formation caps.
The whole of Bermuda is tiny - with a land area of only 21 square miles or 56 square kilometers. Residents and visitors travel from one end to the other in just over an hour and from north to south in 10 to 15 minutes.
Bermuda is said to have begun some 100 million year ago as a volcanic mountain, with the volcanoes having disappeared 70 million or so years ago.
Below the level of limestone and 450 feet below sea level is volcanic rock; and below that, only black lava and other igneous volcanic rock. Most visitors' maps portray Bermuda, wrongly, as only one island. The largest by far is Great Bermuda or Main Island, neither of which phrase is used locally.
Only in one place in Bermuda - 60 feet below sea level at the southern end of Bermuda International Airport -is volcanic rock found so near to sea level. It has 6 principal islands or former islands and 120 others for practical purposes (138 in total, including mere rocks) in its total land area of under 21 square miles (33 square kilometers). It is a mile wide on average, 14 miles long, 259 feet above sea level at its highest point, with hills and fertile depressions.
At sea, the Argus and Challenger Banks are round and about 6 miles across.
Once, it was owned and run by the British military as part of the string of then-strategic islands that stretched from the Dockyard to Hamilton, In 1870, the British Army, in conjunction with the Royal Navy, worried about the vulnerability of its stores of weaponry at Ordnance Island in St.
George's and its ring of forts and their munitions stores around Bermuda, built a secret underground powder magazine on this island.
Agar's Hill there, which dominates the north side of the exclusive residential area of Point Shares, is so-named in honor of British shareholder in the 17th century Bermuda or Somers Isles Company, Sir Anthony Agar (1586-1637), also referred to in British history as Sir Anthony Aucher (Agar, Archer), Member of Parliament of Bishopsbourne, Kent, England.
He owned 50 acres of Pembroke land, including both the hill and the island that bears his name. It can be seen from the Fairylands shoreline by cruise ship and ferry boat passengers.