All the rage in the 60s and 70s, the bell-bottoms origins were less fashionable and more practical. There is no conclusive historical documentation of when sailors began wearing bell-bottoms. However, during the war of 1812 Commodore Stephen Decatur noted men wearing “glazed canvas hats with stiff brims, decked with streamers of ribbon, blue jackets buttoned […]

Ship’s Bells

A centuries-long tradition of water-going fleets, bells play an important part in the readiness and routine of a ship. Both functional and ceremonial, their timekeeping, sounding the alarm and signaling are a significant symbol and a tangible, history-rich part of the United States Navy. Developed in the Bronze Age, bells were used by Christians to […]