A big bronze ship's bell, 17 inches tall and 14.5 inches across the base.
A big bronze ship's bell, 17 inches tall and 14.5 inches across the base. An associate of mine found it in Liverpool though I tracked the ship to Piraeus about 30 years ago. The ship was built by Nordwerke Emden in 1953. It sailed for the Dutch West Africa Line before being sold foreign later in the 1950s. Its name is Dutch for "Pepper Coast," an archaic reference generally to Indonesia and the South Asian Coast. She was scrapped in Pakistan around 1980. A photo of the ship accompanies the bell.
It shows its years at sea with many bumps and dings but still has the deep, haunting tone of old harbors and long past voyages. The iron clapper is gone, having corroded away due to salt spray and electrolytic action with the bronze bell. This wonderful old bell is all that is left of this classic tramp freighter.