Welcome to the ABA! Bell Talk Forums Large Bells Looking for help researching a buoy bell.

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    • #11985
      njdiver
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      Our group is trying to get weight and usage information on a bell recovered from offshore. It appears to be solid brass and is about 37 and 1/2 inches in diameter at the bottom. It is about 35 inches tall. There are four holes at the top of the bell and a threaded rod with a nut.  The threaded rod is about 2 inches in diameter. On one side of the bell near the bottom are large letters (U.S.L.H.F.  1908) On the other side of the bell is written Williams and Son Inc. Bell Founders, Jersey City, NJ 1908. If anyone can provide technical information on this bell we would appreciate it. We are trying to build a stand for it to display at a show and eventually at a museum. Thank you.  

    • #16831
      jackbell
      Participant

      Here’s an article about the function of fog bells like yours.

      http://www.lighthousefoundation.org/light_thoughts/lal_finickyfogbells.htm

    • #16832
      njdiver
      Member

      Thanks, we are trying to acertain the bell”s weight so we can build a proper frame to display it.

    • #16833
      jackbell
      Participant

      approx 900 pounds

    • #16834
      huge bell
      Participant

      LIGHTHOUSE BELLS ARE THICK CAST SO YOUR BELL COULD WEIGH OVER 1,200 LBS. WOULD YOU CONSIDER SELLING IT?

    • #16835
      Neil Goeppinger
      Participant

      I have the sister to your bouy bell. The USLHS of course stands for United States Light House Service. The bell should have four worn areas located 90 degrees apart on the outside of the bell. Originally there were four clappers hung from the top of the bell on an X which had a bronze ball on each and which struck the outside of the bell as the bell tilted in the waves on the bouy. The bell was mounted to the bouy from underneath with an iron post which ran verticlly up the inside of the bell to the top. My bell was made by the same firm. I only have one of the original clappers. — Neil

    • #16836
      RockinEZ
      Participant

      What an incredible thing to have. I read some of the lighthouse fog bell stories on the link and was fascinated. These bells have incredible history. Your post lifted the fog a little for me. Thanks

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