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Bell

Bells are traditionally use to indicate time aboard a ship.
Instead of being struck hourly (with the number of rings indicating the hour), the bells are struck every half hour of a 4 hour watch.
when ringing the bell, the rings are grouped into pairs to make counting easier.

We use a simplified ships bell system to indicate the time (see right)

At the begining of our evening meeting the time is 7:30pm, so 7 bells are struck.

At the end of the evening it is 9:30pm, so we strike 3 bells.

Number of Bells Pattern Time
One bell 1 12:30 4:30 8:30
Two bells 2 1:00 5:00 9:00
Three bells 2 1 1:30 5:30 9:30
Four bells 2 2 2:00 6:00 10:00
Five bells 2 2 1 2:30 6:30 10:30
Six bells 2 2 2 3:00 7:00 11:00
Seven bells 2 2 2 1 3:30 7:30 11:30
Eight bells 2 2 2 2 4:00 8:00 12:00
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