Ship's Bell


Place - Treasured Wheels, Guwahati


Courtesy - Piklu Deka


A Brass Bell used in a ship owned by the Assam Railways and Trading Company. The craft's name, port (London) and date (1920) are engraved on it. Ship's bells are a system to indicate the hour by means of bells. This system is widely used aboard ships to regulate the sailor's duty-watches. Unlike civil clock bells, the strikes of the bell do not accord to the number of the hour. Instead, there are eight bells, one for each half-hour of a four-hour watch. Bells would be struck every half-hour, and in a pattern of pairs for easier counting, with any odd bells at the end of the sequence.