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.

  • Philip L. Pearson ’54

    Deceased date: December 3, 2011
    Philip L. Pearson found eternal peace on Dec. 3, 2011, age 78. Born in Bangor, Maine, Phil attended the Maine Maritime Academy before serving in the U.S. Navy. He was employed for 29 years at the W.H. Brady Company and is survived by his wife of 54 years,…read more
  • Irving F. Banks ’67

    Deceased date: April 17, 2010
    Irving F. Banks Jr., "Buddy," 65, of Jefferson, passed away peacefully at Miles Memorial Hospital on April 17 after a brief illness. Born in Jefferson on March 17, 1945, he was the son of Irving Sr. and Cynthia (Jackson) Banks. Bud grew up in Jefferson…read more
  • John Mckinnon ’78

    Deceased date: August 8, 2009
    BANGOR – John Lewis McKinnon Jr., 53, sadly passed away Aug. 8, 2009, at a local hospital. He was born Oct. 22, 1955, in Bangor, son of John Lewis and Mary Louise (White) McKinnon. John was a graduate of Bangor High School,…read more