On the Water

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.

ID Number:
1979.1030.15
Material:
wood, metal
Dimensions:
9 3/4 in x 5 1/4 in; 24.765 cm x 13.335 cm; average spatial: 24.37 cm x 12.96 cm; 9 5/8 in x 5 1/8 in
Source:
Gift of Michigan Department of State, Michigan History Division (through Bruce J. Andrews)