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In the image of the windlass the ships bell is illustrated. Assuming the look out rang it on the half hour, how did he determine when. Surely the hour glass wouldn't be near him most likely near the helm turned by an officer or the helmsman. So how did they relay the moment to the person by the windlass bell.

 

Or was this bell just used when anchored in fog.

 

SOS

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More than likely a boy or the midshipman on watch would be detailed to go forward and strike the hour.  I doubt that they were really worried about being exactly on time with the bell.  The important part was keeping the glass accurate and recording the course and speed on the traverse board.

 

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