Eight Bells

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.

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.

  • Richard M. Mayo ’72

    Deceased date: July 17, 2004
    WATERVILLE - Richard "Dick" Maurice Mayo, 54, of Waterville passed away Saturday, July 17, 2004, at MaineGeneral Medical Center. Dick was born Oct. 26, 1949, in Waterville, the son of Maurice and Irene (Rodrigue) Mayo. Dick attended Sacred Heart Grammar S…read more