ship's bell

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Noun1.ship's bell - (nautical) each of the eight half-hour units of nautical time signaled by strokes of a ship's bellship's bell - (nautical) each of the eight half-hour units of nautical time signaled by strokes of a ship's bell; eight bells signals 4:00, 8:00, or 12:00 o'clock, either a.m. or p.m.
sailing, seafaring, navigation - the work of a sailor
time unit, unit of time - a unit for measuring time periods
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The ship's bell was ringing for us; a guitar in the background burlesqued the Wedding March under skinny fingers; the air was poisoned by a million cigarettes, they raised a pall of smoke above the mastheads, they set fire to the ship; smoke and flame covered the sea from rim to rim, smoke and flame filled the universe; the sea dried up, and I was left lying in its bed, lying in my coffin, with red-hot teeth, because the sun blazed right above them, and my withered lips were drawn back from them for ever.
His team was also responsible for retrieving and restoring the ship's bell from the HMS Hood for presentation to the British Navy in honor of its heroic service.
The ship's bell went to the vicar of St Sampson's Church in upper Grangetown where the Havannah pupils had sung in the choir.
We recovered two other unique objects -- the bell of the ship we recovered in 2013 which happenes to be dated 1498, making it the oldest ship's bell ever discovered.
It's a highly complicated timepiece that evokes Panerai's maritime history by conjuring up the romantic sound of a ship's bell.
Compasses aside, a veritable treasure trove of objects have been found, including ceramic remnants of everyday objects, such as cooking pots, plates and cups, copper-alloy and iron barrels, that form part of a larger set of handguns, ammunition made from limestone and igneous rocks, the ship's bell, used to make announcements and send messages, and even Portuguese coins called Cruzados that were specially minted for trade with India.
When Carmania was scrapped by the Blyth breakers Hughes Bolckow in 1932, the ship's bell ended up with Ashington Rotary Club four years later.
A guard of honour on board the Libertad as Guardiamarina Helina Aylen Fagioli rings the ship's bell ANDREW TEEBAY
The touch screens are easy to navigate, and certainly held the attention of the many school children attending the launch, who explored the profiles of historic characters and watched the videos of divers recovering artifacts like the ship's bell.
Her Majesty also participated in the ceremonial blessing of the ship's bell, and was the first to sign Koningsdam's commemorative wall, which will become a permanent installation on the ship.
A gleaming brass ship's bell was presented in 1979 to Eston Grange Sea Cadets and the Girls Nautical Training Corps by members of Redcar Royal Naval Association, whose secretary Bill Anderson is shown with, from left, Patrick Chandler, Jim Smith, Stephen Corr, Shaun Purvis and Mark Knott.