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      brianack
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      I am seeking insight into the history of this 17” (100lb) Bronze ship bell named MARIENDORF-3. Can anyone help?

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      Garry
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      Hey Brianack!
      I am not a great source for ship’s bells, but I might be able to supply you with some hints. It would be helpful to see the inside of the bell as well, so that we can see how the clapper is attached, how it’s rung, and any wear patterns on the inside of the skirt. Also if you have any history of where it came from would be of value (ie. found in southern France, belonged to my great grandpa who was from holland… that kind of thing.)

      The type of ‘Tang’ or attachment point to the ship is of a later style, earlier ones tended to have looped tops for ropes to hang them.

      That said, my understanding is that a 17″ ship’s bell is from a medium-low sized ship. Interestingly is that Mariendorf appears to be Dutch, which fits. The dutch have a shallow shore, so tended to stick to smaller craft. the “3” in the name is also indicative of this, if my research is correct, in that this would indicate a THIRD RATE ship. The dutch followed the English ship rating system, where the rating responded to a combination of ship size defined by number of guns it could carry and manpower it needed to run. The third rate would carry 2 deck guns, about 500 men, and be about 1750 tons.

      I couldn’t find a ship with that name, but further research might.

      Hope this helps get you started in your research! Let us know if you find anything else or have more info/photos to post.
      Garry

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