John Sumner has a passion for shipwrecks
September 3, 2010
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I’m an expat from America living in Thailand with my Thai wife. My home town is Provincetown, Ma. a 15 minute ride from Wellfleet, Ma. shipwreck site to the only known pirate ship Whyda.It sank due to a hurricane in 1717 April 26. The museum located in Provincetown is operated by Capt. Barry Clifford discoverer of Whyda. I personally have been in the antique business for some 25 or more years now and have always love it! One thing about this business is you never get bored as you know.
John I recently came across a very interesting bell here in Thailand the owner says it was purchase from Australia. I believe it to be a mission bell because it has a crutifix cross located on the middle area and what appears to be a royal figure sitting down holding a staff and along the top circumference incoporated with a ban of double bird insignia going around the bell. I wonder if mayby German, netherland or even Russian?? The bell is very large approx. 20 ” inches diameter at base and 10″inches at top diameter and approx. weight 100 Ibs or 50 kilo. Made of bronze, no clapper. It has a triangle of bronze loops on top to attach to what may hold it.The shape is sort of rectangle like beehive.
Can you help in identifying?????
Hi John Bates, could you please send me an email to: email@example.com as I did not get your full story when you asked about Queensland bells. Thanks, JS.
Hi again John Bates, I recall some time ago you told me about this bell and I had asked if a photo was available? On my shipwreckbells site I could post it as an unidentified bell and see if any comes forward to name or such! yours, JS.
Hi John Bates, 17 September, 2012, you posted a comment on the shipwreckbells site and I had sent a reply asking for a photo but I do seem to have received any more from you. I am still collecting photos and now have 100 shipwreck bell post cards with only another one million to do! You spell WHYDAH GALLEY as Whyda and I have a National Geographic magazine with Barry Clifford’s story of his finding the wreck. I hope sometime I will be able to contact the Museum where the bell is to get a photo of the bell. I am still at: firstname.lastname@example.org Yours, John Sumner.
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