HMS Barcote WW2 Ships Bell – Boom Defence Vessel
Built by Blyth Shipbuilding & Drydock Co.Ltd
A net laying ship, also known as a net layer, net tender, gate ship or boom defence vessel was a type of small auxiliary ship.
A net layer’s primary function was to lay and maintain steel anti-torpedo or anti-submarine nets. Nets could be laid around an individual ship at anchor, or around harbours or other anchorages. Net laying was potentially dangerous work, and net laying seamen were experts at dealing with blocks, tackles, knots and splicing.
As World War II progressed, net layers were pressed into a variety of additional roles including salvage, troop and cargo transport, buoy maintenance, and service as tugboats.
Impressed into the back of the bell is Italian “Amici Grati Amico Caro W.A.D.A. M.L. G.M. A.W. I.A.” loosely translating to Dear Friends , Grateful Friend.
Complete with clanger and lanyard. Good ring tone , great collectable and useable ships bell.