Can anyone comment on the likelihood of this being a genuine submarine bell? Is it a fact that such a bell would always have the ship’s name engraved on it? It certainly looks authentic and was obviously well used.
I have now answered my own question about this bell and added it to my blog. I contacted the Royal Naval Submarine Museum and received the following reply:
All the bells in our collection are from commissioned British submarines and thus the bell always bears the name or number of the boat. The lack of this on your bell does’nt make sense if its got anything to do with the Royal Navy and submarines. Its also quite big and the shape is not like any of our bells. So if I had to put money on it I’d say no, not a submarine bell.