Ship’s Bell Strike (Glasen)
Ship’s Bell Strike
Unlike public and domestic clock bells (or gongs), the strikes of a ship’s bell do not match the numbers of the hours. Instead, there are eight bells, one for each half-hour of a four-hour watch.
In the age of sailing, watches were timed with a 30-minute hourglass, hence the German expression “Glasen”. This hourglass would be turned and the ships bell would be struck according to the bell pattern below.
|Number of bells||Bell pattern||Hour (a.m. and p.m.)|
|Three bells||2 1||1:30||5:30||9:30|
|Four bells||2 2||2:00||6:00||10:00|
|Five bells||2 2 1||2:30||6:30||10:30|
|Six bells||2 2 2||3:00||7:00||11:00|
|Seven bells||2 2 2 1||3:30||7:30||11:30|
|Eight bells||2 2 2 2||4:00||8:00||12:00|
The ship’s bell strike movements is suitable for a brass casing with hinged brass bezel. As I have not listed it in my pages yet, here are some options:
a) I can sell the movement as a trade deal, all functions are working well. But the movment has been in stock for a long time and needs a service ( no bushes to be replaced ) I supply a brass dial, 150 mm diamter, roman numbers engraved, filled in black, no winding holes drilled, two slots for regulator and strike switch-off to be made. ( The backplate is the guide )
b) I do all that work and fit the complete unit into your casing
c) I will try and get a brass casing and fit the clock complete
d) I will have one of my oblong “Bulls-eye” brass casing re-furbished and fit the clock movement with dial and a suitable barometer into that casing.
Once I have more details about casings, I will list them in my pages with more details on the movement.
7. May 2019