South Tower, Nantucket, Massachusetts

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  1. kirxklox

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    South Tower, Built in 1809, on Orange Street, Nantucket, Massachusetts

    This famous tower of the Unitarian Church houses an old Portuguese bell which sounds the hour and tolls fifty-two strokes at seven in the morning, twelve noon, and nine in the evening.

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    The Howard clock that once was in the tower is now in a museum down the street. It has been spit shined, but thankfully no professional "restorers" have touched it. It features its original paint and artwork. I don't know how this clock could strike so many times, as it looks normal to me. Could it be that in past times someone rang the bell as part of a daily routine? I can post a shot of this one too.
     
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    Here it is. I've got more details somewhere, just not handy. As we know, this particular clock dates to roughly 1880's and later, maybe a tad earlier.
     
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    Sorry, compuetr snafu. should be here now.
     

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    The date on this card, mailed, is 1953.

    Personal Opinion: I would not expect that the Bell would have been operated by a person, but would have been by a secondary device tripped by the Clock Mechanism. ??---??

     
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    I can't put my finger on that either. Not many signs of anything informative in the tower. I was there maybe 2 years ago. Seems that might be complicated. Unfortunately I don't think there's anyone alive who might answer that question.
     
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    Howard clock installed in 1881, sn 821
     
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    What has happened to the BELL?
     
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    I didn't look for the bell. I got there just before services on a Sunday so time was short. The church does have a web site, but not much about the building is featured, i.e. clock, bell. One who is curious may ask there I would think.
     

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