The Bell, Pietermaritzburg Botanical Gardens

The Bell

50 years after the trees were planted, the Bell was erected in 1958 in the Avenue of Trees in the Pietermaritzburg Botanical Gardens.

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The Bell originated from the British Admiralty yacht HMS Enchantress.During the Second World War the yacht was used to rescue survivors after their ships were sunk, torpedoed or otherwise damaged by German submarines.

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When the war ended the HMS Enchantress became a pleasure steamer and was eventually scrapped in about 1952.

The Bell has been declared a National Monument.

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The Bell
“I love thy music, mellow bell,
I love thine iron chime,
To life or death, to heaven or hell,
Which calls the sons of Time.
Thy voice upon the deep
The home-bound sea-boy hails,
It charms his cares to sleep,
It cheers him as he sails.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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