Re: Re: My Great Aunt’s Bell marked U.S.
This is a bronze bell that was cast for a US Army or Coast Guard ship. Yes the US Army had ships. In WWI & WWII they had troop transport ships and amphibious landing ships in addition to supply ships, tugs, oilers, etc to support their fleet. US Navy bells has USN on them. Some Army Ships had USA on them and larger Coast Guard Ships had USCG on them. Given the small size, it was probably from a small boat. Elsewhere in this forum, I entered a reference from the USNavy giving the specifications of Navy Bells and the type of ship that they were designed for. I would guess that your bell was from WWI or WWII. Later ships from WWII had steel alloy bells due to a shortage of bronze.
Harry Long, MD