Acoustic signal Bell icebreaker Ship Warning signal

Icebreaker “Kuna” – alarm bell

The sound of alarm bell on the icebreaker “Kuna”. The recording was realized on board of the museum and training ship “Kuna” moored in the river port in Gorzów Wielkopolski (Poland).
The ship “Kuna” was constructed in 1884 in the Danziger Schiffswerft & Kesselschmiede Feliks Devrient & Co. shipyard in Gdańsk as steam powered icebreaker. Vessels of this type were intended for breaking the ice cover and enabled river navigation also during winter time. “Kuna” was in operation until 1965. Then its equipment was removed and, as an empty hull, it was intended for scrapping. In the 1970s the ship was transported to Gorzów Wielkopolski with the intention to be used as a mooring pontoon. In 1981 the ship drowned in the port basin and remained under water for the following 20 years.
In the year 2000 a group of enthusiasts started a 6-year project of the ship’s revitalization. The external form of the historical icebreaker “Kuna” has been preserved, its original elements include: ship’s hull, bow and stern maneuvering deck, anchor davit, bow and stern mooring bollards, fragments of propeller shaft and the propeller. Steam propulsion of the vessel was replaced by a combustion engine.
The recorded alarm bell is electrically powered and it is part of the modern equipment of the ship. During the voyages of the icebreaker “Kuna” this signal is used by the captain to call the crew and give warnings.

Sound recordist: Monika Widzicka
Photographer: Piotr Leszczyński


6 MB
33 s
2 (Stereo)
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44.1 kHz
1411 kb/s
16 bit

Recorded on March 24, 2015
River Port Gorzów
Gorzów Wielkopolski, POLAND
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