Saint Patrick's Church Bell

Saint Patrick's Church Bell (HM1C8D)

Location: Watervliet, NY 12189 Albany County
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N 42° 43.57', W 73° 42.062'

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The most obvious music associated with any church is the sweet and dignified tolling of the church bell. Pictured above is George E. Hipwod, President of the Holy Names Society who presented the bell for placement in the new church.

The bell was manufactured by the Meneely Bell foundry of Watervliet for the former Saint Patrick's Church in 1906. They were the master bell maker at the time. Perched in the tower at an altitude of 125 feet, the bell could be heard throughout the city. Its sweet toned sound is in the key of Bb international pitch i.e.. the bass clef. The instrument weighing 11,000 pounds mounted is made of the purest metal, 78% copper and 22% tin. The bell, a gift from the Holy Name Society cost $3500. It was made and delivered within 60 days of the receipt of the order.

In 1890 the former St. Patrick's church located on the southwest corner of 23rd Street and 4th Avenue become totally inadequate for the number of parishioners. As a result, a new church was built on the north side of Ninteenth Street between 5th and 6th Avenue, a facsimile of the church at Lourdes, France

Heartfelt gratitude to the Nigro Companies and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish for donating the Saint Patrick's Bell to the Watervliet Historical Society. A special thanks also to Streck's Inc., Bonded Concrete, the City of Watervliet, Tom Allison and Water Charitable Foundation for their assistance in making this display possible.
HM NumberHM1C8D
Year Placed2013
Placed ByWatervliet Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 6:20am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 606346 N 4731224
Decimal Degrees42.72616667, -73.70103333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 43.57', W 73° 42.062'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 43' 34.20" N, 73° 42' 3.72" W
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Area Code(s)518
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1501 1st Ave, Watervliet NY 12189, US
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