I am trying to find a picture or drawing of bell yoke and arm for Whilliam Kaye bell. The bell has a base of 23″ and is 24″ high. Looks like a steamboat bell. It has the yoke attached. The bell has Lexington, Ky and W Kaye as well as an eagle and filigree.
The original cradle is missing. It was deck-mounted and cast either as one piece or possibly two. Perhaps the bell was retrieved from the boat wreckage and the cradle was left behind then a blacksmith fashioned the steel rods to mount it. Most of those wood steamboats eventually burned (oil lamps, candles, boiler mishaps) or got ripped open by snags and went under. William Kaye was an Englishman who opened his Louisville foundry on Water Street in 1841. He served as the city’s mayor during the Civil War. The foundry closed in 1895.