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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

 

Ship's Bells

 

Historically, the passing of time on board ship was marked by striking the ship's bell - first half hour/one bell ~ first hour/two bells ~ first hour and a half/three bells ~ second hour/four bells...and so on until the passage of four hours was marked by eight strokes of the bell and the beginning of a new four hour watch. Now-a-days in the RCN, the bell is used at Colours and as a baptismal font.

 

Below is a partial list the last known location of some of the bells for HMC ships that have been paid off. Over the years, when a ship was paid off, some bells went to the last CO (usually unofficially), other to the towns the ships were named after, some went to reserve units, legions and museums.  Some ships had several bells and these may be held at more than one location. This list represents a small portion of the ship's bells in existence. 

 

If you have any information on the location of a ship's bell please send me an email  Please include the name of the ship, location of bell and a photo if possible.  Photographs of names engraved on the bells or transcriptions of those names would be greatly appreciated as well. 

 

As of 03 Oct 2019  there are 168 bells listed on this page of approximately 1000 from ships that served in the RCN.

 

Notes: (1) If I don't have a ship listed here, then I do not have any information on it's bells or their locations

 

(2) Locations for a bell are the last known location.  Some may have been moved to new locations as Messes, Legions, Cadet Corps shut down or relocate.

 

(3) Not all pages with information on a ship's bell have photos.

 

 

The CONVOY BELL


ALGONQUIN R17 / 224 & 283

AMBLER

ANNAPOLIS 265

ANTIGONISH K661 / 301

ASSINIBOINE I18

ASSINIBOINE 234

ATHABASKAN 282


BARRIE K138

BAYFIELD J08

BEACON HILL K407 /303

BELLECHASSE J170

BELLEVILLE K332

BLAIRMORE J314 / 193

BLUETHROAT

BONAVENTURE

BORDER CITIES J344

BOWMANVILLE K493

BRANDON K149

BURLINGTON J250


CAP DEL LA MADELEINE K663 / 317

CAPE BRETON 100

CAYUGA R04 / 218

CHALEUR 164

CHAUDIERE 235

CHIGNECTO J160

CHIGNECTO 160

CHILLIWACK K131

CHURCHILL, HMCNRS

COBOURG K333

COMOX 146

CONESTOGA

CORMORANT 20

COWICHAN 162

CRESCENT R16 / 226

CRUSADER R20 / 228


DAUPHIN K157

DRUMHELLER K167

 


EASTVIEW K665

ELK

 


FORT ERIE K670 / 312

FORT FRANCES J396 / 170

FRASER 233

FRONTENAC K335

FUNDY J88

FUNDY 159


GASPE 143

GATINEAU 236

GEORGIAN J144

GLENLIVET

GRANBY 180

GRILSE 71


HURON 281

HUSKY

 


INCH ARRAN K667 / 308

IROQUOIS G89 / 217

IROQUOIS 280


JONQUIERE K318 / 318

 

 


KAPUSKASING J326 / 171

KENORA J281 / 191

KOOTENAY 258


LA HULLOISE K668 / 305

LANARK K669 / 321

LAUZON K671 / 322

LEVIS K400

LINDSAY K338

LLOYD GEORGE J279

LONG BRANCH K487

LUNENBURG K151


MACKENZIE 261

MAGNIFICENT

MAHONE J159 / 192

MANSFIELD (USS EVANS)

MARGAREE 230

MARGARET

MASTODON

MICMAC R10 / 214

MIMICO K485

MINAS J165 / 189

MIRAMICHI 163

MOOSE

MORDEN K170

MORESBY 112

MTB 726


NABOB

NAPANEE K118

NEW GLASGOW K320 / 315

NEW WESTMINSTER K228

NIAGARA I57

NIOBE

NIPIGON 266

NOOTKA / NANOOSE J35

NOOTKA R96 / 213

NORTH BAY K339

NUEVA ANDALUCIA - Spanish tanker


OJIBWA 72

OKANAGAN 74

ONONDAGA 73

ONTARIO 32

ORKNEY K448

OSHAWA J330 / 174

OTTAWA 229


PATRICIAN

PORT HOPE J280 / 183

PORTAGE  J331

PORTE DAUPHINE

PORTE DE LA REINE

PORTE QUEBEC

PORTE ST JEAN

PORTE ST LOUIS

PRESERVER 510

PRINCE DAVID

PROTECTEUR 509

PROVIDER 508


Q074

Q094

QU'APPELLE 264

QUEBEC

QUEST

QUINTE J166

QUINTE 149


RAINBOW 75

REINDEER Z08

RESTIGOUCHE 257

RIVERTON

ROCKCLIFFE K355 / 173


SAGUENAY H03 / D70 / I79

SAGUENAY 206

SAINT JOHN K456

SARNIA J309 / 190

SASKATCHEWAN 262

SAULT STE MARIE J334 / 176

SIOUX R64 / 225

SKEENA 207

ST BONIFACE J332

ST CLAIR I65

ST CROIX 256

ST FRANCIS

STADACONA

STE THERESE K366 / 309

STELLARTON K457

STONE TOWN

STORMONT K327

STRATFORD J310

SUDBURY K162

SWANSEA K328 / 306


TERRA NOVA 259

THE PAS K168

THUNDER 161

THORLOCK K394

TIMMINS K223

TR 4

TRAIL K174

TRANSCONA J271

TRURO J268


UGANDA

UNGAVA 148


VENOSTA

VICTORIAVILLE K684 / 320

VISON


WALLACEBURG J336 / 172

WARRIOR

WASAGA J162

WASKESIU K330

WEST YORK K369

WILD DUCK (HUSKY)


YBD-2 / YDG 2

YUKON 263

 

 

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