Ian Stockley  updated  18-6-2019

Ships Clock Bell Striking

The striking of a ships clock is taken from the 6 ‘4 hour’ watches that makes up a day onboard ship.

 So a 24 hour day is divided up in to 6 equal watches, each divided in to 8 half hour slots, so the clock strikes every half hour.

At 4 o’clock, 8 o’clock and 12 o’clock, eight bells sound. This indicates the beginning of a new watch. Then at half past these hours, one bell sounds; the next full hour, two bells… and so on.

 

As you will see from my table it takes some getting used to!


4 o’clock

watch

8 o’clock

 Watch

12 o’clock Watch

Bells Struck

4

8.00

12.00

8 Bells

4.30

8.30

12.30

1  Bell

5.00

9.00

1.00

2 Bells

5.30

9.30

1.30

3 Bells

6.00

10.00

2.00

4 Bells

6.30

10.3

2.30

5 Bells

7.00

11.00

3.00

6 Bells

7.30

11.30

3.30

7 Bells