Norman Island BVI


The legend lives on

William Thornton was born on May 20, 1759, on Jost Van Dyke, in the British Virgin Islands and died on March 28, 1828, Washington D.C. He was educated in Scotland as a physician, but rarely practiced his profession. As an architect, Thornton was self-taught. He also was a painter, and an inventor. William Thornton;s plantation on Tortola was located in the Pleasant Valley area near Nanny Cay.
Other than our floating restaurant, William Thornton;s greatest claim to fame is the design for the United States Capitol Building! His design was submitted after the competition of 1792 had closed, and was approved by President Washington, who praised it for its “grandeur, simplicity and convenience.” A prize of $500 and a city lot was awarded to Thornton on April 5, 1793; he is thus recognized as the first “Architect of the Capitol”.
The William Thornton, began life a fair number of years ago as a Baltic trading vessel. Mick and Annie Gardner launched the restaurant in 1989, moor in their original wooden William Thornton in the Bight at Norman Island. Nearly 6 years ago, the wooden Baltic trader was replaced with the William Thornton we all know today, a steel 100 ft. shunner with substantially more room bothin the galley and restaurant, but also the bar area. The “new” William Thornton also features a very large aft bridge deck. This is where you will find all sorts of shenanigans going on.

The lineage

200x to 201x


200x to 201x


200x to 201x


200x to 201x


1759 to 1828

William Thornton

Ben Bordeaux

Marina Stucchi


Al Gaucchi

Todd Hill

French Joshua

Dylan Burill

Kevin Humpreys

Kevin Wrigley

Eddie Brockbank

Pinky Nic Greenwood


Alan Anderson


Rod Greenwood


Peter Manley

Dulcie Vidlet Rayna


Fraiser Tyrell

Jason Noble

Piers Helm




Rowan Thornton


Mike Vidler

Brendan Carey

Jason McCully

Howard Stanton