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THE SHIP IN A BOTTLE
Glade - Dawsonville, GA 30534
The bells pictured below almost certainly rang 8 bells at some point or another. You can be sure that the bell you purchase from THE Ship in a Bottle is of the highest quality and accurately represented in photographs and descriptions. Each of my authentic US Navy bells come with a premium custom made bell rope.
|I am in the process of cleaning up this beautiful WW-I Era Fore Deck Bell. New photos will be added when work is complete.
Comes complete with original clapper, mounting arm, slide bracket cap nut, and one of our custom bell ropes.
The bell pictured above comes complete with original clapper, mounting arm, and slide bracket. A custom bell rope of your choice will also be included with your purchase. Please contact me to obtain shipping charges prior to your purchase.
Although the history of this beautiful bell may never be known, it is certain to have tolled in the defense of our country. Ring patterns and lettering on this very rare bell indicate casting prior to late 1920s with estimates are circa 1910. This authentic US navy bell will polish up beautifully and is in very good condition with only minor scratches and some pitting as may be typical for the age of the bell. Rings around the top and bottom of the bases of the bell are very prominent. There are some very tiny paint splatters on the surface (see photos). The bell comes complete with a custom bell rope, stainless steel thimble, and shackle. This veteran is 9-7/8 inches across by 10-1/2 inches tall and weigh approximately 22 pounds.
|Authentic WW-I Era Fore Deck Bell
with original Clapper and Hardware.|
WW-II Era Cast Iron Bell
Harvard Lock Company
Comes complete with original clapper and one of our custom bell ropes.
This classic bell is in very good condition and has been very well preserved. Cast in iron with raised lettering U.S.N. and Harvard Lock Company. Bells during this period of WW-II were cast in iron as a result of an emergency order from Washington limiting the use of bronze and brass to actual combat essentials. It weighs approximately 18 pounds and is 10 inches tall by 9-1/2 inches across. Please see the video below for this beautiful bell and listen as it rings 8 bells! Please contact me to obtain shipping charges prior to your purchase.
|Very Large Brass Bell
16 Inches in Diameter. Complete with Clapper, Mounting Hardware, and Rope. Weighs approximately 90 LBS.
This beautiful solid brass bell comes complete with clapper,
mounting hardware as pictured above.
The Bell weighs a whopping 90 pounds (approximate) and is 14.25 inches tall by 16 inches wide (bell dimensions alone...mounting hardware not included in this measurement). It comes complete with the original bell rope pictured or if you prefer, I will replace it with your choice of one of our custom bell ropes at no additional charge. Please contact me to obtain shipping charges prior to your purchase.
|Fore Deck Bell
WWI and WWII Pearl Harbor Defender
USS Chew (DD-106)
Fore Deck Bell
Vessel association unknown.
Era Fore Deck Bell
Vessel association unknown
Era Cast Iron US Navy Bell
Harvard Lock Company
Brass Bell from Commercial Fishing Vessel
|WWII Bell - USS Absacon (AVP-23), 1943-1949
Bronze Ships Bell
Ship's Bell - USS Constitution
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Disposition and continuing Navy use
In addition to its shipboard roles, the bell serves a ceremonial and memorial function after the ship has served its Navy career.
U.S. Navy bells are part of the many artifacts removed from decommissioned vessels preserved by the Naval Historical Center. They may be provided on loan to new namesake ships; naval commands with an historical mission or functional connection; and to museums and other institutions that are interpreting specific historical themes and displays of naval history. Bells remain the permanent property of the US Government and the Department of the Navy. These serve to inspire and to remind our naval forces and personnel of their honor, courage, and commitment to the defense of our nation.
Maintenance and upkeep
Traditionally, the bell is maintained by the ship's cook, while the ship's whistle is maintained by the ship's bugler.
In actual practice, the bell is maintained by a person of the ship's division charged with the upkeep of that part of the ship where the bell is located. In such a case a deck seaman or quartermaster striker or signalman striker may have the bell-shining duty.
The bell's connection to religious origins continues. Originating in the British Royal Navy, it is a custom to baptize a child under the ship's bell; sometimes the bell is used as a christening bowl, filled with water for the ceremony. Once the baptism is completed, the child's name may be inscribed inside the bell. The bell remains with the ship while in service and with the Department of the Navy after decommissioning. In this way, an invisible tie is created between the country, the ship and its citizens.
Navy Ceremonies and Events
The bell is used to signal the presence of important persons. When the ship's captain, a flag officer, or other important person arrives or departs, watch standers make an announcement to the ship and ring the bell. This tradition extends to major naval command transitions, often held aboard vessels associated with the command.
The sounding of a ship's bell found a natural application as a warning signal to other vessels in poor visibility and fog. In 1676 one Henry Teonage serving as a chaplain in the British Mediterranean Fleet recorded , "so great a fog that we were fain to ring our bells, beat drums, and fire muskets often to keep us from falling foul one upon another". Ringing a ship's bell in fog became customary. In 1858, British Naval Regulations made it mandatory in that function. Today, maritime law requires all ships to carry an efficient bell.
American ships of the Revolutionary War period and our early national years adopted many of the practices and traditions of the British Royal Navy, including the use of bells. In 1798, Paul Revere cast a bell weighing 242 pounds for the frigate Constitution, also known today by its nickname "Old Ironsides".
It is of interest to note that the use of a ship's bell contributed to the richest single prize captured by the American Navy during the War of Independence. While a Continental Squadron under Commodore Whipple lay-to, wrapped in
Before the advent of the chronometer time at sea was measured by the trickle of sand through a half - hour glass. One of the ship's boys had the duty of watching the glass and turning it when the sand had run out. When he turned the glass, he struck the bell as a signal that he had performed this vital function. From this ringing of the bell as the glass was turned evolved the tradition of striking the bell once at the end of the first half hour of a four hour watch, twice after the first hour, etc., until eight bells marked the end of the four hour watch. The process was repeated for the succeeding watches. This age-old practice of sounding the bell on the hour and half hour has its place in the nuclear and missile oriented United States Navy at the dawn of the Twenty-First Century, regulating daily routine, just as it did on our historic vessels under sail in the late Eighteenth Century.