Index
 
Royal Navy Pay and Conditions

Time and Watches


Name of Watch Duration in Naval time Duration in Civil time
Middle 0000 to 0400 midnight to 4 a.m.
Morning 0400 to 0800 4 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Forenoon 0800 to 1200 8 a.m. to noon.
Afternoon 1200 to 1600 noon to 4 p.m.
First Dog 1600 to 1800 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Last Dog 1800 to 2000 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
First 2000 to 2400 8 p.m. to midnight

Ships Bells

First half-hour one bell,
first hour two bells,
first hour and a half three bells,
second hour four bells,
second hour and a half five bells,
third hour six bells,
third hour and a half seven bells,
fourth hour eight bells.

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