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Originally Posted by AdamLein View Post
I would also point out that a single bell at the half-hour mark and a double bell at the whole-hour is not how ships' bells ring. They just add one more chime every half hour, up to eight at the boundary between watches.
True, On the hour, you would ring double bells, on the half hour a single bell would be added.

So in a 4 hour watch you would have, starting with the first bell at the half hour:
ding-ding, ding
ding-ding, ding-ding
ding-ding, ding-ding, ding
ding-ding, ding-ding, ding-ding
ding-ding, ding-ding, ding-ding, ding
ding-ding, ding-ding, ding-ding, ding-ding

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