Propeller Indiana’s Hand Bell

Found on the wreck of the propeller steamer Indiana, a bell as small as this one would have been too small to serve as a fog signal for any distance. It probably would have been used to signal crew watch changes, as a dinner bell, or possibly to signal someone on a nearby shore.
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Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
average spatial: 24.37 cm x 12.96 cm; 9 5/8 in x 5 1/8 in
overall: 9 3/4 in x 5 1/4 in; 24.765 cm x 13.335 cm
ID Number
catalog number
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Cultures & Communities
Domestic Furnishings
Music & Musical Instruments
On the Water exhibit
Expansion and Reform
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Work and Industry: Maritime
On the Water exhibit
On the Water
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Michigan Department of State, Michigan History Division (through Bruce J. Andrews)
Publication title
On the Water online exhibition
Publication URL

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