Eight Bells

The practice of using bells stems from the days of the sailing ships. Sailors couldn't afford to have their own time pieces and relied on the ship's bells to tell time. The ship's boy kept time by using a half-hour glass. Each time the sand ran out, he would turn the glass over and ring the appropriate number of bells. Each ship “watch” is four hours, or eight bells, in length.

The tradition of Eight Bells pays respect to deceased mariners and signifies that a sailor's “watch” is over.

Submissions for Eight Bells

If you learn of the passing of a MMA classmate, associate, friend or family member, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations so that we may include the information in our Eight Bells listings. Send obituaries or their digital links to alumni@mma.edu.

  • Kelsey E. Nalette ’16

    Deceased date: August 5, 2018
    Kelsey Elizabeth Nalette, 24, formerly of Goffstown and currently of Jacksonville, FL, passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2018 due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Jacksonville. Kelsey, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Tveter) Nalette…read more
  • John J. Kintner ’01

    Deceased date: July 23, 2018
    Mr John J Kintner (aka JK),beloved son, brother, raconteur and loyal friend, passed away July 12th 2018 at the age of 70. John was born March 21st 1948 to Edwin E Kintner and Alice S Kintner in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. John attended Hebron Academy in Ma…read more
  • Richard M. Burston ’43-2

    Deceased date: July 23, 2018
    Dick Burston, 93, died peacefully on Tuesday July 17, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. Dick was born in Brookline, MA on October 31, 1924 to the late Anita and Mark Burston where he spent his childhood with his late brother LeRoy Burston before movin…read more
  • Hugh E. Ellis, Jr. ’57

    Deceased date: July 19, 2018
    Hugh Edward Ellis, Jr., husband of the late Patricia Ellis, died at the South Carolina home of his daughter, Kimberly, on July 19, 2018, surrounded by loving family. He was born on July 23, 1936, in Bangor, Maine, the son of Hugh Edward Ellis, Sr., and Su…read more
  • Timothy S. Sullivan ’06

    Deceased date: July 15, 2018
    Timothy Sean Sullivan, 53, of Arrowsic, passed away Sunday, July 15, 2018 at The Highlands in Topsham. He was born on July 22, 1964, in Bath, to Catherine (King) and Howard Sullivan. He was the youngest of nine children. He was raised in Arrowsic, attende…read more
  • Dale C. Lincoln ’57

    Deceased date: July 12, 2018
    Dale Clyde Lincoln, 81, son of Arthur Ewan Lincoln and Martha (Spinney) Lincoln, was called to be with the Lord on July 12, 2018. He was born on January 5, 1937, and graduated from: Shead Memorial High School (1954),…read more
  • Capt. Walter E. Shea, Jr. ’77

    Deceased date: July 3, 2018
    Capt. Walter E. Shea Jr., 63, of Panama City Beach, Florida passed away unexpectedly at his summer home in Eliot, Maine on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. Walter was born in the Portsmouth Naval Hospital, on March 9, 1955 to Anita (Morrison) and Walter E. Shea …read more
  • Joseph H. Tremble ’56

    Deceased date: June 21, 2018
    Joseph H. Tremble, 83, passed away peacefully June 21, 2018 at home with his daughters by his side. He was born in Brewer, the third child of Joseph Harold Tremble and Margaret (Luosey) Tremble. He graduated from Joh…read more
  • Raymond P. Hutchins, Jr. ’66

    Deceased date: June 20, 2018
    The Creator rang down "Finished with Engines" for Raymond Hutchins on June 20, 2018 at the age of 74. A Maine Maritime graduate, Ray joined the M.E.B.A. in 1966, first climbing the gangway of the MARGARET LYKES and sailing under the Lykes banner his entir…read more
  • Thomas D. Nash ’72

    Deceased date: June 12, 2018
    Thomas Dana Nash, Sr, 68, died June 12, 2018 at home with his family by his side. Born in the seaside town of Millbridge, Maine in 1949, Tommy's life was always near the water. He graduated from Jonesport High School in 1968 and then entered Maine Mari…read more