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August 19th, 2009

As early as the 15th Century a bell was used to sound the time on board a ship. The bell was rung every half hour of the 4 hour watch.Even numbers were in pairs, odd numbers in pairs and singles.


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    bob.burgess 3 years, 4 months ago

    I understand that 8 bells signals the end of the watch, at least on old sailing ships.

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    sgtevmckay 4 years, 11 months ago

    This will work adequately for a maritime Rainmeter skin I am working on....Thanks to the uploader

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    stephenw_77 5 years, 7 months ago

    Great job with this recording. Thanks!

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    ljfroloff 5 years, 10 months ago

    I used to work on oil tankers and tugboats, here are two reasons for the eight rings:
    1. To notify the engine room (where the throttles typically would be on an older ship) of the Captains desire to change speed. The bells typically had a pattern like:
    From Dead Stop: 1 Bell = Slow Ahead
    2 Bells = Half Ahead
    3 Bells = 3/4 Ahead, etc
    Possibly the Double-Bell meant reverse direction, same speed (8Bells{4doubles} = Full Reverse


    They may have simply been signaling the time (8am)

    Great quality thanks for the upload!

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    salamandre 5 years, 10 months ago

    Thanks a lot. I was wondering why it had to ring 8 times. I will probably use it for theatre performance.


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