General Messages Weekly Roundup

All Hands selects several messages to publish in a weekly post to help raise awareness about specific messages and useful information for Coast Guard members.


Eight Bells – A tradition among cuttermen

The striking of eight bells at noon harkens back to the days of sail, when time was kept by the trickle of sand through a half-hour glass. One bell was rung for each passing half-hour to help keep track of the length of watches. At the end of a four-hour watch, with the striking of eight bells, the watch would change.