Steeple Bell

The first Congregational Church in Rockport is undergoing a change! For the first time since the 1960’s the steeple is being restored. The housing for the bell is off and being worked on by American Steeple of Salem, MA. The bell has also been taken off and I am assuming that it too will be seeing some work. Yesterday I hung around after getting lunch and made some photos of it coming down.

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Bob Levesque of American Steeple in Salem MA positions the bell while it is lowered at the First Congregational Church of Rockport on Wednesday, May31, 2017. The bell and yoke weigh approximately 2600 lbs. The steeple and and bell will be undergoing some renovation work at the church. 

I had the Sony Nex-7 with me with the ultra wide zoom 10-18mm. Perfect for this kind of stuff! I had that camera with me from the morning shoot of the seaweed in the harbor.

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Bob Levesque, right, and his son Joshua of American Steeple in Salem MA unhook the lifting straps from the bell after it was lowered at the First Congregational Church of Rockport on Wednesday, May31, 2017. The bell and yoke weigh approximately 2600 lbs. The steeple and and bell will be undergoing some renovation work at the church. 

This was quite an operation. They had a huge crane to take the bell housing and bell off the top of the steeple. Amazing to see these guys work. Staging is set up all the way up to the top of the steeple.

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Bob Levesque of American Steeple in Salem MA makes sure the bell is secured after being lowered at the First Congregational Church of Rockport on Wednesday, May31, 2017. The bell and yoke weigh approximately 2600 lbs. The steeple and and bell will be undergoing some renovation work at the church. 

It was great fun watching this work being done. I’ll be sure to keep an eye on it as it goes forward.

 

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