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.

  • James A. Beal ’65

    Deceased date: January 27, 2017
    Jim Beal of Highland, Michigan died on January 27, 2017.  After graduating from Falmouth High School in 1961, he went on to graduate from MMA.  He was commissioned into the Navy upon graduation and retired from the Naval Reserve after 26 years as a Capt…read more
  • Patrick K. Wreh ’86

    Deceased date: January 22, 2017
    With deep sadness and broken hearts, The Wreh, Togba, and Krangar families announce with profound sorrow, the untimely death of Mr. Patrick Kla Wreh. Patutu, P-Kla, as he was affectionately called, departed this life peacefully, surrounded by his family a…read more
  • John A. Grard ’75

    Deceased date: January 14, 2017
    John Grard, 64, of Winslow, Maine, Merrimack, NH, and Sebring, Fla., passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at his home in Florida. John was born on Feb. 20, 1952, and was the only son of the late Fred and Mary (Collins) Grard. He married hi…read more
  • Eugene H. Spinazola ’61

    Deceased date: January 14, 2017
    Gene Spinazola passed on January 14, 2017 in Sebastian, FL.  He grew up in Hopkinton, Mass and graduated from Hopkinton High School in 1957 and went on to College at Maine Maritime Academy, graduating with a Batchelor of Marine Science in Marine Engineer…read more
  • Vincent P. Hanscom ’70

    Deceased date: January 11, 2017
    Vincent Patrick Hanscom, 68, of Swanzey, New Hampshire, died peacefully in the comfort of his own home on January 11, 2017 surrounded by family. Vince was born on February 20, 1948 in Saco, Maine to Dorothy Christine (Adams) and Milan Leslie Hanscom. H…read more
  • Frank C. Rodway

    Deceased date: January 6, 2017
    PORTLAND - Frank C. Rodway, 91, passed away on Jan. 6, 2017. He was the son of Rev. and Mrs. Charles B. Rodway. Mr. Rodway was born in Beverly, Mass., but moved to Maine in the early 1930s when his father accepted the position as superintendent of the Por…read more
  • Christopher N. Gridley ’13

    Deceased date: December 31, 2016
    Christopher Norton Gridley passed away unexpectedly on December 31, 2016 at his home in West Tremont. He had recently turned 26 years old. Christopher (Chris to all his friends) attended Connors Emerson School in Bar Harbor, graduated from Mount Desert…read more
  • Franklin C. McIver ’65

    Deceased date: December 24, 2016
    On the morning of Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2016, Franklin Cole McIver, while being embraced by his wife and children, his daughter's spoken prayer was heard, for the clearing of the path and opening of the gates for him to peacefully go Home and enter into…read more
  • John S. Jenkins ’46

    Deceased date: December 20, 2016
    John Stevens Jenkins, 90, of Wayne, Illinois died Tuesday, December 20, 2016. Mr. Jenkins was born June 18, 1926, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvani…read more
  • Alfred W. Bagot

    Deceased date: December 18, 2016
    LONGBOAT KEY, FL, AND CASTINE, ME - Colonel Alfred William Bagot, US Army, Retired, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, at home in Castine surrounded by his family. He was 95 years old. Al was born on Feb. 15, 1921, in Saint Louis, MO, to Alfred Jaso…read more