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For information … the SS prior to the ship’s name stands for Steel Screw, not Steam Ship as one might imagine. I think it’s something to do with the operational function of the ship.
HI, I have been doing some research on bells associated with Liverpool UK. This week my search took me to the Maritime Museum in Liverpool where I was given the opportunity to access the archives. This section of the museum has a large number of books relating to shipping and a complete collection of Lloyds Shipping Registry. The registry lists ships, manufacturer, owner, size, and where registered. It is possible that the ship was registered in Glasgow, Scotland. If you wish to contact the Merseyside Maritime Museum the link is … http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime/contact.asp. When I next visit the museum I’ll try to obtain any further information for you.
Sorry but I am unable to give a valuation on the bell.
Hello, I cannot give you any details about your bell. In 1964 the Air Ministry merged with the Admiralty and the War Office to form the Ministry of Defence (Wikipedia information)
However I have found these which are very similar to the one in your posting.
This is the link to the home page of the RAF Museum with a contact link at the bottom of the left hand side …
Hope this helps a little
Thanks for your message Sue, unfortunately I missed Teddy’s presentation at Denver, probably a case of trying to be in 2 places at the same time 😆
I was aware of the black eyed girls being the more collectible, and although I only have 5 of the Joseph Originals each one does have black eyes. I was interested in getting some background information about the company, and fortunately Carolyn has come up trumps.
Found this mention of ABA whilst searching for something else 🙂
Amazing where you find information about the Association
Panic over 😆
I’ve used the Bell Tower Directory and fortunately had a copy of the Sept/Oct 1997 edition with a profile of Gerry Ballantyne.
The directory is a great source of classification for all the articles in the Bell Tower. Must remember to use it more often.
Thanks a bunch for this information I really appreciate it. When I searched I had no success, guess I didn’t use the right search engine. 😆
Don’t suppose you will be making copies of the DVD for sale at convention. It would be great to bring a copy back to show BCBI members who are unable to attend ABA conventions.
Thanks Laura for the information. We will be visiting a friend in Alliance, Nebraska prior to coming to the convention, what a shame that the bells are not yet on display, we would have added a visit to our itinerary. See you soon. Joan
What a wonderful memento for your family. Please let us see the bells when you get them. My mother gave me a Whitechapel bell for my 50th birthday, and now whenever I ring it I can recall the happy times we spent together.
I shall be going to Sri Lanka in May and I plan to take some of the small Whitechapel bells with me to give as gifts to our Lions friends, and on the same principle, I hope that when they ring their bell it will remind them of the happy times we shared together.
Thanks for the suggestions. Will search for glass blowers in the area, but I expect there are very few in this neck of the woods. Will follow up your suggestion about science departments in Universities and see if they can help.
Thanks for the suggestions. It will be interesting to see what the other stall holders organise. Perhaps I’ll join the trail and share the ideas on the board, or Bell Tower. 🙂
Amazing! We in the UK visit the ABA website to learn about a BBC programme 😆
Mind you I doubt we will be awake to hear the bells ringing. I need my beauty sleep 😉 and waking up to hear the bells being rung for 3 minutes is not going to help 😆
I don’t know if you are aware of Bell Collectors of the British Isles. We are a small group of bell enthusiasts who meet twice a year in different locations to share our enthusiasm. We collect, research, ring, dust and enjoy bells.
On 29/30 September we will be visiting Worcester, and our draft itinerary includes … a tour of the Cathedral and bells, visiting some other unique churches in the area to view their bells, visit to Royal Worcester Porcelain Factory, a short meeting when we plan future visits and each member brings a bell related to a chosen theme. The theme for the weekend will be – Worcester Bells.
If you would like some further information about the group, I’d be happy to send it to you, and of course you will be welcome to join us in Worcester.
Bell Collectors of the British Isles