The tradition of Eight Bells pays respect to deceased mariners and signifies that a sailor's “watch” is over.
The practice dates back to the days of the sailing ships, when 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.
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James Merrill Parker Canfield ’82Deceased date: June 20, 2012
Beloved father, husband, and son, 52
James Canfield of Scotch Plains, NJ, passed away at his home with his family by his side on Wednesday June 20, 2012.
Relatives and f…read more
Gary W. Warren ’80Deceased date: May 29, 2012WARREN, Gary W. Sr. - of Doylestown, PA, age 54, passed away May 29, 2012 at Hurley Medical Center, Flint, MI. Gary was born in Bridgton, Maine on May 8, 1958, son of the late Merton and Carolyn (Stone) Warren. He married Lisa J. Allen on June 4, 1983 in…read more
Thomas R. Perkins Jr. ’96Deceased date: May 3, 2012Key Largo, FL - Thomas R. Perkins, Jr. (Tommy) age 58, died on Wednesday, May 30th at his home in Key Largo, Florida. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts on August 28, 1953. He grew up in Rhinebeck, NY and Hyde Park, NY, graduating in 1971 from Our Lady…read more
Andrew Martin ’75Deceased date: April 22, 2012
ROCKLAND — Andrew “Andy” Martin, 59, died Sunday, April 22, 2012, surrounded by his family at Maine Medical Center in Portland.
Andy grew up on the "farm" on the Martin Road, known today as Fin…read more
Cmdr. Herbert K. Ellingwood ’44Deceased date: April 1, 2012Herb Ellingwood, of Satellite Beach, passed away on April 1, 2012. He was born May 8, 1924, in Rockland, Maine, to the late Dr. William and Ruth Ellingwood. Herb was a veteran of WW II and the Korean War. He retired from a career in commercial banking as…read more
Robert R. Gardenier ’53Deceased date: March 18, 2012
Robert R. Gardenier, 79, who retired from Naval Sea Systems Command in 1985 at the rank of captain, died March 18 at his home in Alexandria after a heart attack.
The death was confirmed by his daught…read more
Miles R. Sawyer ’43-2Deceased date: March 4, 2012PINELLAS PARK – Miles R. Sawyer, age 92, of Seminole, FL, (formerly of Rockland, Maine), passed away on March 4, 2012, in Pinellas Park, FL. Born June 14, 1919 in Rockland, Maine; attended Maine Maritime Academy, class of 1943-2; officer in the Merchan…read more
John W. Eden ’47Deceased date: February 11, 2012John William Eden of Washington, D.C., Lake Wales, Florida and Edgartown, Massachusetts passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at the age of 84 from Parkinson's disease. Born in Cleveland, Ohio to Charlton Granville Eden and Helen McKlintock Eden, he…read more
Benjamin Snow ’81Deceased date: February 3, 2012
PORTLAND -- It is with great sorrow that the children of Benjamin Snow announce his death on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012.
Born in Boston, Mass., on Dec. 18, 1955, to June and Nicholas Snow, Ben and his brot…read more
Thomas Herbert ’50Deceased date: January 26, 2012
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla., and BANGOR - Tom Herbert, 82, a Bangor native, died Jan. 26, 2012, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. He was the son of the late Thomas R. and Louise E. (Aucoin) Herbert. Tom attended Bangor schools, graduating f…read more