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

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  • Francis W. Chase ’62

    Deceased date: January 22, 2015
    BRUNSWICK, ME –Francis Wayne Chase, 73, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at Midcoast Hospital on January 22, 2015 following a short illness.  He was born on March 20, 1941 in Waterville, Maine the son of Carroll B. Chase and Evelyn (Bowm…read more
  • Jack A. Howalt ’49

    Deceased date: January 19, 2015
    Jack Alwin Howalt, 86, passed away Monday, January 19, 2015, peacefully at Community Hospice. He had been challenged with a respiratory illness for the past year. Jack was born in Minneapolis in December 1928. His family moved to Jacksonville in the early…read more
  • Thomas H. Smith ’67

    Deceased date: January 18, 2015
    KITTERY POINT, Maine - Captain Thomas H. Smith, 68, of Kittery Point, Maine passed away from his brave battle with Bladder cancer on January 18, 2015 at Wentworth Douglas Hospital. He was born in Methuen, Mass. on January 29,1946 and moved to Kittery Poin…read more
  • Alan D. Cederstrom ’49

    Deceased date: January 10, 2015
    QUEENSBURY — Alan D. Cederstrom, 86, of Queensbury, passed away Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at Glens Falls Hospital, after a long illness. Born July 16, 1928, in Stoneham, Massachusetts, he was the son of the late Hjalmar and Levon (Payson) Cederstrom. A…read more
  • Phillip O. Riley ’49

    Deceased date: January 9, 2015
    Phillip Oren Riley, age 86, passed into the arms of His Savior Friday, January 9, 2014 at Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, Dover, DE. He was born September 17, 1928, in Dover, Ohio, the son of the late Richard M. and Phyllis Riley. At a young age his fami…read more
  • Laurence E. Capen ’54

    Deceased date: January 5, 2015
    OLD TOWN - Laurence (Larry) E. Capen, son of Dorothy Fayle Capen and Percy Capen, was born on December 4, 1932 and died on Mon…read more
  • Loring W. Small ’44

    Deceased date: December 23, 2014
    Loring W. “Bud” Small, 89, died Dec. 9, 2014, in a Bangor hospital. He was born Dec. 23, 1924, in Milbridge the son of Loring M. and Elva (Chipman) Small. He was a graduate of Ellsworth High School, Class of 1942 and Maine Maritime Academy in 1944. Bu…read more
  • Thomas T. Bennett Jr. ’45

    Deceased date: December 20, 2014
    GORHAM - Thomas Thoburn Bennett Jr., died at Maine Medical Dec. 20, 2014, from cardiac arrest at the age of 88. He was born in Portland March 2, 1926, to Helen B. Curit and Thomas T. Bennett Sr. of Chebeague Island. Tom att…read more
  • Robert B. Jones ’66

    Deceased date: December 18, 2014
    Robert "Bruce" Jones, 71, died on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 in Augusta after a lengthy illness. He was born in Waterville on May 14, 1943 to Doris Willette Jones and Robert Buck Jones who predecease him along with hi…read more
  • Kent Chesley Chase ’84

    Deceased date: December 11, 2014
    Kent C. Chase 53, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, at his home in Kingfield. He was born July 16, 1961, in Farmington to Lendell and Eunice (Pinkham) Chase. Kent grew up in Kingfield and attended local schools graduating from Mt. Abram High School with the c…read more