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Ship's Bells

(wikipedia)

Bells would be struck every half-hour, and in a pattern of pairs for easier counting, with any odd bells at the end of the sequence.
Number of BellsBell PatternHour (a.m. and p.m.)
One bell.12:304:308:30
Two bells..1:005:009:00
Three bells.. .1:305:309:30
Four bells.. ..2:006:0010:00
Five bells.. .. .2:306:3010:30
Six bells.. .. ..3:007:0011:00
Seven bells.. .. .. .3:307:3011:30
Eight bells.. .. .. ..4:008:0012:00


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