Four bells!

It’s nearly four bells and all is well!  Ever heard time given in bells?  According to West Marine dot com, ship’s bell time originated in sailing ship days, when the crew of a vessel was divided into Port and Starboard Watches, each on duty four hours, then off four hours.  One stroke of the ship’s bell indicates the first half hour of the watch. Then an additional bell is struck for each succeeding half hour. Thus eight bells indicates the end of a four-hour watch. When the time calls for two or more strokes, they are sounded in groups of two.  The first watch is from 8:00 pm until midnight, followed by the middle, morning, forenoon and afternoon watches.  The next four hours are divided into two Dog Watches; the first Dog Watch, 4pm to 6pm and the Second Dog Watch, 6pm to 8pm. By means of the Dog Watches, the watches can be changed every day, so that each watch gets a turn of eight hours rest at night. Otherwise each member of the crew would be on duty the same hours every day.  So, four bells is 6:00 o’clock, or halfway through your watch.   Listen to the podcast here;

Fun Fact March 9, 2022.

Pocket or wrist, digital or analog, manual or self winding.  Today we watch the watch.  Ideas for these Fun Facts come from a variety of places.  This one is from my youngest son, Levi.  He asked me why is a watch called a watch and I didn’t know, but now I do and soon, so will you.  Watches were developed in the 17th century and were a smaller version of the spring powered clocks.  They were not very accurate until around 1657 when a balance spring was added.  As a matter of fact, the minute hand wasn’t added to watches until 1680 because they were so inaccurate.  With the balance spring the watch would loose a few minutes instead of a few hours each day.  Now, why are they called a watch.  Couple of possibilities.  One account is that the word watch came from the Old English word woecce, which meant watchmen.  The town watchmen kept track of how long they were on duty by using a timepiece.  A similar account is from sailors who used a timepiece to manage their shipboard watch keeping.  Thanks for the idea Levi, keep them coming.  Listen to the podcast here;