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.)
One bell 1 12:30 4:30 8:30
Two bells 2 1:00 5:00 9:00
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


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