All Saints Church, Galle Fort, Sri Lanka


Situated within the Galle Fort, which was declared as a "WORLD HERITAGE SITE" in 1988 by UNESCO


The Old Bell
Bishop Swithin writes:

"In recognition of the dedicated ministry of Rev. Dr. G.J. Schrader, as the First Incumbent of All Saints Church, Galle Fort, a large bell was placed in his memory in the centre dome of the Church in 1876. When in the mid nineteen sixtees, for some safety reasons the bell was lowered and was left to be sold. It was quickly bought for the Diocese and it now rings loud and clear in the Cathedral in Colombo."

 
The New Bell
Deborrah Mitchell Write:

"During World War II, the Liberty Ship "Ocean Verity" was built in USA under a lend lease agreement.

"After the war, the ship was subsequently bought by Clan Line Steamship Company and renamed. When eventually taken out of service, the ship's bell was given to Capt. C.W.B. Mitchell. who during his sea-going days had sailed in the ship as Chief Officer. Capt. Mitchell had meanwhile been
promoted ashore to the Management of the Company's Head Office and by that time had a daughter, coincidently christened Verity.

"In 1968, the Clan Line Steamship Company received a letter from the Rev. Felix A. Dias Abeysinghe, the Vicar of All Saints Church, Galle Fort, asking whether in view of the company's long association with the Port of Galle, they could help in locating a Bell for his Church. The letter was passed to Capt. Mitchell, where again fate took a hand as his own Grand Parents had lived in Galle the
century before and thus was only delighted to help. (His Grand Father was the Engineer who constructed the railroad to Galle). Correspondence followed, culminating in the Bell being delivered in Galle in time for the Midnight Service on 31st December, 1968.

"Sadly, Capt. Mitchell died in 1976 after a long illness shortly before he would retire. The clan Line Steamship Company subsequently became a part of the British and Commonwealth Shipping Company, which was dissolved in the late 1980's".
 

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