The Watch Goes by the Bell

Experienced navigators learned to keep one eye on a clock and the other on the sky. Time was used to regulate the ship’s watch; shifts of four hours, divided into eight halves, every half called a “Glass”. Helmsmen handled the sand glass and signaled the progress of the watch by sounding the ship’s bell. Less precise than clocks, hourglasses belong to the Age of Sail, whereas ship’s bells are still used to much effect during periods of heavy fog. In some ports along the coasts of northern Europe, the tradition of giving a ship’s bell as a house-warming gift for good luck has never gone out of fashion. The end of the first half hour of a new 4-hour watch is signaled with one ring, two rings after one hour, and so on.

Bronze Ship's Bell 8


~ by authenticmodels on August 3, 2011.

One Response to “The Watch Goes by the Bell”

  1. I love your product, and the ships bell story, is a great marketing tool
    which is why I will keep on marketing AM

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