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Anyone use ships bells for time

The last passage I was on the skipper had an official ships clock that struck the bells.
I had never seen that before and had to look up the official rules.
Apparently this started in the 1500's

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It's a bit.. gimmicky.. for the 21st century.

Even the Tall Ships (all the ones I've been on anyways) don't use ship's bells for anything other than signalling by the lookout. I must admit being a tad surprised they (of all people!) didn't, but it was explained to me that it would only wake people up at odd times and cause general confusion.
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I did a delivery on a Lord Nelson 42 that had the ship bells. I thought it was pretty cool.
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Re: Anyone use ships bells for time

The clock on my boat chimes the bells.....I have to confess I don't remember what they mean fo more than an hour or two after googling it, but the sound of the chimes does add a certain salty ambience to the cabin.....

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We do it in the Navy. I like it.

I also enjoy when the ship I'm on uses pipes (the whistle sequence done by boatswain's mates).

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I have a clock that can ring bells. At anchor or on the dock it is set up to ring between 0800 and 2000 and is silent overnight. Offshore it is silent to avoid waking the off-watch.
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If you use a four-hour watch system as most ships do, it's pretty retro-cool. Eight bells each watch..
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I'm a Navy Brat and grew up with a living room clock that rang ships bells. I now have an app on my smartphone that rings ships bells because I find it comforting and it confuses the hell out of lubbers. I work with a lot of Navy vets and it makes them smile too.
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I'm not much of a techno-gadget guy, but I'm okay with a wrist watch.
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I'm a Navy Brat and grew up with a living room clock that rang ships bells. I now have an app on my smartphone that rings ships bells because I find it comforting and it confuses the hell out of lubbers. I work with a lot of Navy vets and it makes them smile too.
Do you have it set for straight 4 hour watches or set for the dog watch?

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