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One of the highlights of the 2002 dive season was the recovery of the CSS Alabama's bell. Divers had been working to clear sediment from the base of the stove when they found the bell and its mounting bracket. Click here to view slide show (requires JavaScript)

Ship's Bell

The bell appears to be cast in bronze. The mounting lug on top of the head is broken off and remains attached to the mounting bracket, which was recovered with the bell itself. The clapper is missing. The bell was documented using a variety of methods, including traditional hand drawing as well as a three-dimensional reconstruction through Auto-CAD drawing.