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.
Pinky Nic Greenwood
Dulcie Vidlet Rayna