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BELLS

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Bells have been used on board ships for centuries. Because ships at sea sailed night and day, they used a shift system to rotate crews. Three crews worked the ship normally, working four hours at a time. This was called a "watch". Eight half hours, called "glasses" made up a watch. The helmsman's duty was to turn the glass every half hour and sound the ship's bell a consecutive number of times. At the sound of eight bells, the crew changed.

The quality of a bell is its weight and the manner of its casting, which creates its depth of sound. A ship's bell's deep, rich sound increases with its size.