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.

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.

  • Andrew Martin ’75

    Deceased 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 …read more

  • Robert R. Gardenier ’53

    Deceased 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 dau…read more

  • Miles R. Sawyer ’43-2

    Deceased date: March 4, 2012
    PINELLAS 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 Merch…read more
  • John W. Eden ’47

    Deceased date: February 11, 2012
    John 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, …read more
  • Benjamin Snow ’81

    Deceased 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 b…read more

  • Thomas Herbert ’50

    Deceased 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 …read more

  • Peter Arthur Perrault ’66

    Deceased date: January 25, 2012

    LEAGUE CITY —Peter Arthur Perrault, of League City, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 in Houston, Texas at the age of 67. He was born on April 22, 1944 in Brockton, Massachusetts to Arthur and Pauline Perrault.

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  • 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
  • Edgar S. Catlin ’47

    Deceased date: May 14, 2010
    Edgar S. Catlin Jr., 82, of Mere Point Road, died May 14, 2010 at his home. "Tim" was born in Portland on June 28, 1927, the son of Edgar S. and Helen Merryman Catlin Sr. He graduated from Governor Dummer Academy in 1945, Maine Maritime Academy in 1…read more
  • Robert M. Spear ’72

    Deceased date: April 26, 2010
    Robert M. Spear '72 died in Phippsburg, Maine on April 26, 2010. The son of a captain, Rob became a captain himself after graduation. First, he worked at Gamage Shipyard in South Bristol, Maine; then sailed on numerous Exxon Shipping Co. vessels as a deck…read more