Royal Navy Ship's Bells?

#1
I know this is an odd request, but is there anyone on the site who would know what happens to a Royal Navy Ship's Bell after a ship is decommissioned/broken up?


Any Help either here or through a PM would be appreciated...

Thanks...
 

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#2
EODGround_Hog said:
I know this is an odd request, but is there anyone on the site who would know what happens to a Royal Navy Ship's Bell after a ship is decommissioned/broken up?


Any Help either here or through a PM would be appreciated...

Thanks...
Usually, although not always, the bell gets loaned to the Town Hall of that city/town/village affiliated to the ship, theoretically until the next ship of that name is built. Otherwise they go up for auction as advertised in DIN's. Otherwise, someone sells them on Ebay!
 

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#4
EODGround_Hog said:
Thanks Ninja,

Any idea what has become of 'HMS Maidstone's' Bell?
Stating the obvious, try Maidstone district council first, followed by the County Council- they often send them to museums to gather dust, I'd try that one second. Some are already in private ownership, usually bought by one of the individuals who was christened onboard & has had their name etched in the bell. The RN museum may be able to give you disposal details, thirdly.
 
#5
Ninja_Stoker said:
EODGround_Hog said:
Thanks Ninja,

Any idea what has become of 'HMS Maidstone's' Bell?
Stating the obvious, try Maidstone district council first, followed by the County Council- they often send them to museums to gather dust, I'd try that one second. Some are already in private ownership, usually bought by one of the individuals who was christened onboard & has had their name etched in the bell. The RN museum may be able to give you disposal details, thirdly.
Thanks again N_J I will contact the various elements you mentioned...
 
#8
Most of the old Carrier bells are located in the FAA museum at RNAS Yeovilton.

My son was tickled pink when I showed him his name stamped inside the Bulwark Bell one Air Day. They used use them as a font when he was Christened. Does this still happen?
RoofRat
 

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#9
RoofRat said:
Most of the old Carrier bells are located in the FAA museum at RNAS Yeovilton.

My son was tickled pink when I showed him his name stamped inside the Bulwark Bell one Air Day. They used use them as a font when he was Christened. Does this still happen?
RoofRat
Yes
 
#10
My wife was Christened in the bell of the battleship HMS Howe (I'm not saying when!) in which her father was a Senior Commissioned Gunner, and what a peppery old sod he was! I'll have a shot at tracing the bell.
 

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#13
wompingwillow said:
OSLO said:
I thought that tradition had it that the bell is presented to the person whose name in first inscribed within it.
That would put me way down on the list for the dartmouth one then
Yes, but one thing in your favour is that you appear to be outliving your contemporaries!
 

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#14
OSLO said:
I thought that tradition had it that the bell is presented to the person whose name in first inscribed within it.
I seem to remember on one ship that I was in when it paid off, that all the names were put into a hat... It was some time ago now though, and I am getting on....
 

Seaweed

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#15
Last time I visited Kent County Records Office (a couple of years ago) the bell of HMS Maidstone was on show in the foyer. Could probably be confirmed by going to KCC on the internet & sending an email. To visit, very short-term parking under the walls of Maidstone gaol but confirm location first as CROs sometimes get money and move house.

As a coda to this 'bells' thread, shamefully,the bell of HMS/M Telemachus has just been stolen from the front porch of the officer who commanded her during the war. Probably melted down for scrap by now.
 

Ninja_Stoker

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#19
EODGround_Hog said:
Seaweed said:
EODGround_Hog, very sorry that my memory played a trick and led you on a wild goose chase. Mea culpa.
No worries seaweed it was a possibility and turned out to be a RN Ships Bell but just a different one...
I wonder if writing a letter about the bell to ther letters page of the Maidstone local paper may give you some new leads?
 

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