Pilot Darrell’s Square

Slave pilots James Darrell, Jacob Pictar, and Tom Bean were chosen to work with Lieutenant Thomas Hurd, when he surveyed the waters around Bermuda in 1790.

In May 1795, James Darrell piloted Admiral George Murray’s ship, the 74 gun HMS Resolution, into Murray’s Anchorage and the Admiral was so impressed with his skill that he recommended that Darrell be granted his freedom.

James Darrell received his freedom on March 1, 1796. Shortly thereafter he purchased a house on what is now Pilot Darrell’s Square. Pilot Darrell House was renovated in 1992 and is owned by his descendants.