noon bells
Last Post 15 Jan 2010 10:41 PM by USCGforMe. 11 Replies.
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24 May 2009 05:46 PM
    ok here is one to give everyone to think about and let me know what you come up with... what is the reason for noon bells on a ship, and where did it start. i tried looking it all up but its a hard to find... so let me know what you come  up with... if you have questions what noon bells are just ask me or any former sailors they will know.


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    24 May 2009 06:07 PM
    Good question which made for very interesting reading! Here is what I came up with,

    Long before twelve o'clock, all these, and various other minor
    preparations, have been so completely made, that there is generally a
    remarkable stillness over the whole ship just before the important
    moment of noon arrives. The boatswain stands near the break of the
    forecastle, with his bright silver call, or whistle, in his hand, which ever
    and anon he places just at the tip of his lips, to blow out any crumbs
    which threaten to interfere with its melody, or to give a faint " too weet!
    too weet!" as a preparatory note, to fix the attention of the boatswain's
    mates, who being, like their chief, provided with calls, station themselves
    at intervals along the main-deck, ready to give due accompaniment to
    their leader's tune.

    The boatswain keeps his eye on the group of observers, and well
    knows when the " sun is up," by the stir which takes place among the
    astronomers, or by noticing the master working out his latitude with a
    pencil, on the ebony bar of his quadrant, or on the edge of the
    hammockrailing; though if he be one of your modern neat-handed
    navigators,
    he carries his little book for this purpose. In one way or other the
    latitude is computed, as soon as the master is satisfied that the sun has
    reached his highest altitude in the heavens. He then walks aft to the
    officer of the watch, and reports twelve o'clock, communicating, also,
    the degrees and minutes of the latitude observed. The lieutenant
    proceeds to the captain, wherever he may be, and repeats that it is
    twelve,
    and that so and so is the latitude. The same formal round of reports is
    gone through, even if the captain be on deck, and has heard every word
    spoken by the master, or even if he has himself assisted in making the
    observation.

    The captain now says to the officer of the watch, "Make it twelve."
    The officer calls out to the mate of the watch, " Make it twelve."
    The mate-ready primed-sings out to the quarter-master, " Strike
    eight bells!"

    And lastly, the hard-a-weather old quarter-master, stepping down the
    ladder, grunts out to the sentry at the cabin door, " Turn the glass, and
    strike the bell!"

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    24 May 2009 06:12 PM
    ha ha your kind of close... you got the gist of it but there is more to it lol but you still get points


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    24 May 2009 06:17 PM
    I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords. I'd like to remind them that as a trusted Coastie, I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves.
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    24 May 2009 06:23 PM
    i will give you that.. my recruiter is an airdale and i make fun of him all the time i call him lt dan off forest gump


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    30 May 2009 04:48 PM
    OHH, i got this one.  During the olden days, a bell was struck every thirty minutes starting at 0000.  so at 0030 1 bell was struck, 0100 2 bells, 0130 3 bells, 0200, 4 bells, 0230 five, 0300 six, 0330 seven and 0400, 8. 

    So, every four hours, 8 bells were struck.  What do all personnell on the ship stand usually?  Four hour watches.  So when a sailor would hear 8 bells, he or she would know it was time for a duty rotation.

    Noon beels was traditionally known to be the time to report the lat/long, and status of the ship to the skipper, and nowadays, we also test the alarms after striking eight bells across the 1MC. 

    Am i right britt?


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    01 Jun 2009 12:46 AM
    mr. husband....

    britt is currently on patrol, so i will be a few days until she can get back to you. of course here in just a few weeks the two of you can hash it out during class!! lol~hopefully friends will be made!!

    looking forward to hearing of os a-school adventures!!

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    13 Jun 2009 03:42 AM
    ha ha yes your right husband that is what noon bells are used for


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    23 Dec 2009 11:00 PM
    wow, didn't know noon bells was like that. I knew the 8 bells was for the time, but I thought it was just so we could test this ships alarms and whistle? lol.


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    30 Dec 2009 08:00 AM
    To: "britt3907" :
    Thanks for posting this question. Interesting and informative!





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    04 Jan 2010 06:16 PM
    debbie i will pass the information along to her. she is still trying to get settled in chesapeake and her internet is last thing to get connected. i would expect her back in the next few weeks though!


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    15 Jan 2010 10:41 PM
    Our noon bells is a lot different!

    "Now for the information of all hands, the following will be the test of the ships emergency alarms and whistle. All hands, disregard, disregard...."


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