We have a bell.
Sometimes we don’t have the bell, in which case an empty beer glass hit by a whiteboard marker will do the trick.
This is essential for the shanty: Strike the Bell!
Last week, in the pub, this caused much debate over the sounding of a ship’s bell.
Now I could write a whole article on 8 bells, the Dog Watch and a mutiny on board a Royal Navy ship which is the reason why 5 bells are no longer rung on British ships.
But I’m feeling much too lazy today.
So – for those of you who will be in the pub with Chantimor next week, here’s a link to Ship’s Bells time:
And here’s a great version of the song itself.
So – we have a bell. Now all we need is a kettle!