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The Finest Hours Captain Leaves a Lasting Legacy

Not long after The Finest Hours was released in theaters, we received an inquiry that nearly knocked our clocks off (hehe). A young man by the name of Matt Fitzgerald told us he was the grandson of John J. Fitzgerald, the captain of the… Continue Reading →

How to Set A Barometer (and other FAQs)

What is a Barometer?  Barometers are used by scientists, fishermen, boaters, and other weather watchers to monitor changes in atmospheric pressure, or the “weight” of the air. Typically, a change in air pressure signals that the weather is about to change: Rising pressure… Continue Reading →

Remembering the Great Chelsea Fire of 1973

Our resident historian, longtime Chelsea employee John McCarthy, remembers the Great Chelsea Fire of 1973 — the devastating Chelsea blaze that destroyed 18 blocks. Sunday October 14, 1973, was a beautiful fall day, perfect for working outside. At 4 p.m…. Continue Reading →

Orleans Historical Society Discusses Pendleton Clock and Famed Rescue Boat Featured in Disney’s The Finest Hours Film

Since 1907 Chelsea Clock has been the trusted time-keeper of the Navy. But once our clocks leave our factory door, we never know what adventures await. It wasn’t until after the release of Disney’s The Finest Hours that we found out that… Continue Reading →

Remembering the Chelsea Flood of 1985

  Longtime Chelsea employee John McCarthy remembers the disastrous Chelsea Clock factory flood in an essay titled “Everything  was  Floating.“   It was Wednesday August 12, 1985. I was sleeping peacefully just before midnight when my wife woke me with news that there was a security breach at Chelsea Clock. ADT was… Continue Reading →

Inside the Chelsea Ship’s Bell Clock

  Here’s a modern look at what’s on the inside of our Ship’s Bell clock — a century-old mechanical timepiece that we’ve been crafting by hand, the same way, since 1900. Although we’ve been making mechanical timepieces the old-fashioned way… Continue Reading →

Chelsea Clock Salvaged from SS Pendleton Rescue Featured in the Finest Hours Film “Keeps Perfect Time”

  In late February 1952, a nor’easter hit off the coast of Cape Cod, so powerful that two T2 tankers split in half the same night. One of the tankers, the Fort Mercer, was able to radio for help; so by… Continue Reading →

St. Barths Bucket Regatta to feature Chelsea Clock Trophies

Participants of St. Barths Bucket Regatta set sail tomorrow, and five lucky winners will be taking home a handsome Chelsea Clock ship’s bell trophy prize at the end of the weekend. The first St. Barths Bucket dates back to 1995 and each… Continue Reading →

Local Photographer Nanda Rust Launches Chelsea Clock Exhibit

  Tuesday evening a reception will be held at City Hall to kick off local photographer Nanda Rust’s latest exhibit featuring Chelsea Clock. City Hall stated in a press release: Now is your chance to gain an inside perspective through beautiful… Continue Reading →

Chelsea Clock Ship’s Bell Rescued from 1942 Torpedoed Tanker

Every now and again we receive heartfelt letters from readers whose lives have been touched by a Chelsea Clock. It’s both an honor and a point of pride that so often our hand-crafted clocks become family heirlooms, passed from one generation to… Continue Reading →

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