The Bell–Picture

bell-hiThe bell is all done.

Even though most everyone would call it a “ship’s bell”, this is most likely a bell that was on (or destined to be on) some small unnamed vessel.  All of the ships’ bells that I’ve seen have the name of the ship cast into the bell and, as far as I know, they are kept by the navy when the ship is decommissioned.

To get a picture that shows the “U.S.N.”, I had to get up on a ladder and this “distorts” how high above ground it appears the bell is mounted.  I am nearly 6 feet (180cm) tall and I can walk under the bell without hitting my head, so the bell is much higher up than it appears in this picture.

When I told our daughter about the bell being struck for my brother’s and my birth, she asked if that was done for her.  I showed her my mom’s diary entry

As soon as we got home, <dad’s name> jumped out of the car and almost ran to the bell to tell the neighborhood of the birth of our first grandchild, a beautiful baby girl.  Fortunately it was daylight.

She went over and tried the bell.  It startled her…and she had a huge smile on her face.

2 thoughts on “The Bell–Picture

  1. When my husband was in the navy, a friend and fellow officer had his baby baptized on board ship. The custom was to use the upturned ship’s bell as the baptismal fount, on deck. It was a beautiful ceremony that went without any mishaps. Unlike a previous baptism on another ship, where the bell accidentally fell overboard and had to be retrieved by divers. It was a running joke aimed at my husband’s friend – and the bell was secured during the baptism, just in case!

    That is a beautiful bell, and a wonderful family tradition. 🙂

    It looks like a WWII era bell. I don’t think they engraved the ships names on them, back then. Does it have the manufacturers name embossed at the top?

    • The only thing on the bell is the “U.S.N.”. I had kind of assumed it was Word War 2 vintage as my brother was born in the mid 1950s.

      I’ve heard of the baptisms using the bell as a baptismal font, but that was not done for either me or my brother.

      I’m still laughing about the bell going overboard….not good….

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