We have a ceremony upcoming, part of which include the ringing of the first bell (from 1864) shown in this link;
It would seem to me to be a bad idea to ring such a bell. Am I correct in this? Is there any safe way to ring it? Can anyone offer me some words of wisdom to try to keep politicos from ringing it?
Scroll down for a better view of the bell. At the bottom of the page, there’s a nice to a history of the bell.
Your bronze 1886 bell is beautiful. Much older bells than it are rung daily so don’t be afraid it will break. Downs & Co in Seneca Falls, NY did not have it’s name changed to Goulds Mfg Co until 1869. Therefore, your other bell was not cast until after that date and could not have been on an 1864 steamboat.
The iron bell is the same no 33 as our church bell from rumsey&co sennica falls ny. i think rumsey sold their molds to goulds mfg. our bell has been cracked for years but back in 2000 i ground all way thru the crack to open viborations and it rings better and as far as i know is still ringing after 11 yrs. if the timbers are strong, it would be better to swing the bell rather than swing the clapper side to side. inside i would imagine, there are springs to catch the clapper and make it hit the bell not as hard as you have with the rope tied to the clapper. we dont know how ours cracked but the crack is definately not where the clapper strikes when swung. all the old timers at the church are dead and there is no one who can tell us actually when our bell cracked. i always beleived someone shot it with a high powered gun becaue the crack is at the right side near the stands.