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Number of bells for captain

How many bells for captain are there?

8

Not too many people know that the strikes of the bell have nothing in common with the minutes in an hour.  Imagine that there are eight bells, one for each half-hour of a four-hour watch.  Keep in mind that in the age of sailing, watches were timed with a 30-minute hourglass.  The entire process was extremely interesting: bells would be struck every time the glass was turned.  Moreover, these bells have also an important role for protection.  Imagine that ship’s bells are also used for safety in foggy conditions.

This fact is verified on : September 10, 2013.





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