New Year’s Bells
By Peter T. Teschenko
DID YOU KNOW…..that we have a tradition in the Navy that sixteen bells are struck on midnight on New Years…
The oldest person on the ship strikes the first 8 no matter what his rank, enlisted or officer…the second 8 are struck by the youngest person on the ship.
The first 8 bells represent the old year and the second set of 8 bells represent the new year.
I saw this done twice in my career. Not sure if this is done anymore.