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Thread: Chelsea Ship's strike clock

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    Default Chelsea Ship's strike clock

    There are lots of these around, running beautifully after a hundred years. Mine was born in 1903, serial #7243. It is visiting my favorite clockmaker/compass adjuster for lube and adjustments. He is generally very admiring of Chelsea clocks, but had this to say about it --

    "The real annoying thing about this clock is that it was not equipped with a back door for observing the hammer. If it doesn't hit the gong properly a wild guess adjustment has to be made, return the movement to the case, and hope for the best. All other Chelsea ship's bell clocks I have worked on have a back door."

    So I wonder when it was that somebody decided that the back door would make life easier? Who has one, when was it made, and does it have a back door?

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    Post Re: Chelsea Ship's strike clock

    Mine is from 1958 and has a back door as shown below.

    Benson



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    Default Re: Chelsea Ship's strike clock

    Mine is a Seth Thomas and has a back door.
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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    Default Re: Chelsea Ship's strike clock

    Thank you gentlemen -- I just got mine cleaned oiled and adjusted. last time was 15 + years ago.

    If anyone out there has a Chelsea ship strike with no back door, I would be glad to hear from them --

    Peter

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