The helmsman rings the ships bell for every half hour of the four-hour ships watch. A ship is a round-the-clock operation, and ships crews work four hours on and four hours off. To change the routine two two-hour dogwatches usually run between 4 and 8 PM. One bell - One ring (say 12:30) Two bells - Two rings (say 1 PM)... etc. until... Eight bells - Eight rings (4PM).
Raging from 4 to 8" high, these replica bells were used years ago to change the shift of the crew on the ship. They can make an eye catching display for your bar, office, boat or home. Made of high quality bronze and rope, this piece will surely last you for years to come. Its a true nautical heirloom offering clear & solid sounds!