"Upon my return from a tour as the Inspector General to the Commander, Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Guantanamo Bay Cuba, I figured that I owed myself a little present; at the time, I already owned a Ship's Strike clock, but wanted the richer tone of a Ship's Bell clock, so in 2009, I ordered it through my friend Ridge White (the folks that bring you the Eldridge Tide & Pilot Book) ...waited a few anxious months while it was being built but finally got it. Very happy with my purchase.
Additionally, I also have a clock from one of my earlier ships - very bad shape, and with the phenolic case shattered (which is probably why someone chucked it into the dumpster. I retrieved it, and sent it back to Chelsea for repairs...you kindly sent me a letter documenting when it left your shop (October of 1942), took it down to "parade rest" and restored it. An expensive job, but a nice investment, and a warm reminder of my ship. Still keeps excellent time.
My Ship's Bell sits on my mantle, providing a great balance to my service sword and cutlass, as well as some of my professional library."
–CAPT Steven P. Gardiner, USNR
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