30 Mar '15, 11am

HM Naval Base Devonport's historic clock tower calls time again

It is good news that a prominent piece of Naval architectural heritage in HMS Drake and this part of Plymouth is back in working order. Commodore Ian Shipperley During the First and Second World War the clock tower also provided a home to messenger pigeons who provided a vital service of delivering secure messages between the dockyard and the then Admiralty HQ at Mount Wise in Devonport. Changes in signalling protocol meant the bell went silent in the early 1960’s where it has remained until renovation work by Interserve - the Royal Navy’s industrial partner in Devonport Naval Base. Simon Cowls, of Interserve, said that during restoration work on the external façade of the clock tower they discovered the bell and infrastructure was virtually intact from its original installation. He explained: “With help from campanologists from the diocese of Truro it was found the bell a...

Full article: http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/news...

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