Found this bell while diving off San Diego. The bell was not associated with a wreck site but with a debris pile of sorts comprised of US Navy china and other goodies. The China ranged in date from the 1930s to 1955. Its about 9″ tall with a 9″ mouth. It came from Greenberg in San Francisco as stamped on the inside. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
I posted information about the Morris Greenberg Foundry elsewhere in this forum. They cast Bronze bells for ships until the company disbanded in the late 1960s. This bell is of a size that would have been a Forecastle Bell to ring sailors aboard as they came up the gangway. The bell would have been mounted either from a sidemounted bracket from a bulkhead or from a cantilevered vertical mount. Most Navy bells were labeled USN by official Navy policy rather than US. It is my impression that those labeled US were from US Army ships. The Army maintained a large fleet of transport and supply ships through WWI & WWII. The many Liberty & Victory Ships were subsequently scrapped and recycled or sunk for artificial reefs in the 1950s & 1960s. The bells were usually recycled as bells or melted for bronze scrap.
Harry Long, MD