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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, other to the towns the ships were named after, some went to reserve units, legions and museums.  If you know the location of a ship's bell, please send me an email with the ship's name, location of the bell, and if possible, a photo so that it can be added to the list. Photographs of names engraved on the bells or transcriptions of those names would be greatly appreciated as well. 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. Bells from Naval Reserve Divisions and Sea cadet Corps will also be listed here.

 

Ship's Name

Photos

Last Known Location and Notes

ALGONQUIN 283

CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

AJAX (RCSCC)

RCSCC AJAX #89, Guelph, ON

AMBLER

Maritime Command Museum, Halifax

ANNAPOLIS 265

Town of Annapolis Royal, NS

ANNAPOLIS 265

Naval Museum of Manitoba, HMCS Chippawa, Winnipeg, MB

ANTIGONISH K661 / 301 (2 Bells)

CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

ANTIGONISH K661 / 301

   

3 Mess, C&PO's Mess Halifax, Juno Tower, CFB Halifax.

ASSINIBOINE 234

Maritime Command Museum, Halifax

ASSINIBOINE 234

 

Assiniboineís 1956 (Christening) Bell - NLCC Assiniboine 215, Kemptville Ontario

BARRIE K138

RCSCC Barrie, Barrie, ON

BEACON HILL K407 /303

City of Victoria, 1 Centennial Square, Victoria BC

BEACON HILL K407 / 303

CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

BELLECHASSE J170

NLCC Landymore/RCSCC Nelles, Brantford, ON

BELLEVILLE K332

Navy League of Canada Belleville Branch building in Belleville Ontario under the stewardship of RCSCC Quinte

BLAIRMORE J314 / 193

RCL Blairmore, AB

BONAVENTURE

Maritime Command Museum, Halifax

BONAVENTURE

Shearwater Aviation Museum

BORDER CITIES J344

Naval Reserve Division HMCS HUNTER Wardroom bell, Windsor, ON

BOWMANVILLE K493

RCL BOWMANVILLE Br # 178, Bowmanville, ON

BURLINGTON J250

RCSCC Iron Duke, Burlington, ON

BYTOWN

HMCS BYTOWN Officers' Mess, Elgin Street, Ottawa, ON

CAPE BRETON 100

CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

CAYUGA R04 / 218

RCL Branch 159, Cayuga, ON

CHALEUR 164

CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

CHAUDIERE 235

CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

CHIGNECTO J160

Maritime Command Museum, Halifax

CHIGNECTO 160

CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

COBOURG K333

Victoria Hall, Town of Cobourg, ON

CONESTOGA

Maritime Command Museum, Halifax

CORMORANT 20

Navy League Cadet Corps, Surrey, British Columbia

COWICHAN 162

CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

CRESCENT R16 / 226

Army Navy and Air Force Veterans, Sidney, BC

CRUSADER R20 / 228

   

St. Paul's High School, Winnipeg, MB - Click here to read the names engraved on this bell

DRUMHELLER K167

NLCC Drumheller, Branch #262, Drumheller, AB

EASTVIEW K665

RCL Branch 62, Eastview, ON

FORT ERIE K670 / 312

RCL Branch 71, Fort Erie, ON

FORT FRANCES J396 / 170

RCL Branch 29, Fort Frances, ON

FORT FRANCES J396 / 170

Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron 908, Fort Frances, ON

FRASER 233 (3 Bells)

Maritime Command Museum, Halifax

FRASER 233

   

 

 

Windsor Lounge, C&PO's Mess, Juno Tower, CFB HALIFAX

FUNDY 159

CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

GATINEAU 236

Maritime Command Museum Halifax

GRILSE SS71

CFB Esquimalt, Bldg 37 at Naden

HOCHELAGA

CFB BORDEN, Simcoe County, Ontario

HURON 281 (2 Bells)

CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

INCH ARRAN K667 / 308

Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, ON

IROQUOIS G89 / 217 & 280

Maritime Command Museum, Halifax - Click here to read the names engraved on this bell - IRO G89 / 217

Click here to read the names engraved on this bell - IRO 280

IROQUOIS G89 / 217 (Kure Bell)

Maritime Command Museum, Halifax - There are no names engraved on this bell

IROQUOIS 280

Director General Maritime Equipment Program Management 455 de la Carriere Gatineau - Click here to read the names engraved on this bell

IROQUOIS 280

Maritime Command Museum, Halifax - Click here to read the names engraved on this bell

JONQUIERE K318 / 318

Maritime Command Museum, Halifax

KOOTENAY 258 (2 Bells)

CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

LA HULLOISE K668 / 305

Vieux Mess, RMC Campus, Saint Jean Sur Richelieu, Quebec

LANARK K669

Navy League Bldg, Carleton Place, ON - There are no names engraved on this bell

LANARK 321

   

RCL Perth-Upon-Tay 26 Beckwith Street East Perth, ON - Click here to read the names engraved on this bell

LAUZON K671 / 322

Maritime Command Museum Halifax

LINDSAY K338

Olde Gaol Museum, Lindsay, ON

LLOYD GEORGE J279

Maritime Command Museum Halifax

LONG BRANCH K487

 

RCL 101, Long Branch, ON

MACKENZIE 261 (2 Bells)

CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

MAGNIFICENT

Shearwater Aviation Museum

MARGAREE 230 (2 Bells)

Maritime Command Museum, Halifax

MIMICO K485

RCL Branch 3, Chatham, NB

MIRAMICHI 163

Town of Miramichi, NB

MORESBY 112

CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

NAPANEE K118

The Lennox and Addington County Museum and Archives, Napanee, ON

NEW GLASGOW K320 / 315

Town Hall, New Glasgow, NS

NIAGARA I57

 

Niagara Falls Museums, 5810 Ferry St, Niagara Falls, ON - There are no names engraved on this bell

NIOBE

Maritime Command Museum, Halifax

NIPIGON 266

Maritime Command Museum, Halifax

NIPIGON 266

RCSCC Nipigon #341, Oromocto, NB

NOOTKA R96 / 213

RCSCC Campbeltown, Holden, AB

NORTH BAY K339

RCL Branch #23, North Bay, ON

OJIBWA

Maritime Command Museum, Halifax

ONONDAGA

Maritime Command Museum, Halifax

ONTARIO 32

CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

ONTARIO 32

 

CTC HMCS Ontario, Kingston, ON (circa 2007)

OSHAWA J330 / 174

Naval Veterans Club, Oshawa, ON

OTTAWA 229

CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

PATRICIAN

Maritime Command Museum Halifax

PORT HOPE J280 / 183

RSCSS SKEENA, Port Hope, ON

PRESERVER 510

PROTECTEUR 509 (3 Bells)

CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum (Warehouse Bldg 83 Dkyd)

PROVIDER 508 (2 Bells)

Maritime Command Museum, Halifax

Q094

The bell for Q094 is in a private residence in California.

QU'APPELLE 264

CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

QUEBEC

CFFS Quebec, Quebec City, Que.

QUINTE J166

Navy League of Canada Belleville Branch building in Belleville Ontario under the stewardship of RCSCC Quinte

RESTIGOUCHE 257

Royal Canadian Legion 257, Lantzville, BC

RESTIGOUCHE 257

CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum (Warehouse Bldg 83 Dkyd)

RESTIGOUCHE 257

WO & SGT's Mess, Ottawa - There are no names engraved on this bell

ROCKCLIFFE K355 / 173

Officer's Mess, CFB Rockcliffe - the bell is mounted in the chandelier in the mess.

SAGUENAY 206 (2 Bells)

Maritime Command Museum, Halifax

SAGUENAY 206

Naval Reserve Division, HMCS PREVOST, London ON

SAINT JOHN K456

Naval Reserve Unit HMCS BRUNSWICKER, Saint John, NB

SARNIA J309 / 190

RCSCC Repulse #132, Sarnia, ON

SASKATCHEWAN 262

Vancouver Island Military Museum, Nanaimo, British Columbia

SASKATCHEWAN 262

CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

SAULT STE MARIE J334 / 176

RCL Branch 25, Sault Ste Marie, ON

SHELBURNE

Maritime Command Museum, Halifax

SIOUX 225

Maritime Command Museum, Halifax

SKEENA 207 (3 Bells)

Maritime Command Museum, Halifax

STE THERESE 309

CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

STELLARTON K457

Town Hall, Stellarton, NS

STONE TOWN

The bell is housed at the St Mary's Museum. St Mary's is a small town in SW Ontario, nicknamed 'Stone Town'.

STORMONT K327

RCSCC Stormont #110, Cornwall Armoury, Cornwall, ON

SUDBURY K162

Tom Davies Square, City Hall, Sudbury, ON

SWANSEA K328 / 306

Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, ON

TERRA NOVA

     

Maritime Command Museum, Halifax

THUNDER 161

     

Navy League Bldg, Carleton Place, Ottawa, ON Click here to read the names engraved on this bell

THORLOCK K394

RCL Branch 17, 3 Ormond Street South, Thorold, ON

TIMMINS K223

held in trust by the Timmins Museum National Exhibition Centre for RCSCC TIGER, Timmins, ON

TRURO J268

The bell for Truro along with her kisby ring and ensign were on display at the junior high school in Truro, NS. At some point the bell disappeared and its fate is unknown.

UGANDA

St. Brendanís Chapel, CFB Halifax, Nova Scotia

UNGAVA 148

The bell is on display at RCNA Niagara Region,, Niagara Falls, Ontario

WARRIOR

Shearwater Aviation Museum 

WASKESIU K330

Prince Albert Historical Society and/or Waskesiu Heritage Museum, Sask.

YUKON 263 (2 Bells)

CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

YUKON 263

Government of Yukon Administration Building - There are no names engraved on this bell

 

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