Cutty Sark sailed with two bells - a larger bell, on the monkey foc's'le (the raised deck at the bow) and a smaller bell on the poop deck at the rear.
Bells were rung to mark the four-hour watches that divided the day of the Cutty Sark crew. They were also used to sound the alarm to summon all hands on deck in heavy weather, or to indicate there was a man overboard.
There are still two bells to see here at Cutty Sark. One is in our collection, which is the original bell dating back to 1869. The other is on the monkey foc's'le. Visit us and see for yourself.