History and Specs

Seven Bells went through at least twelve owners before being purchased by Andrew Himes in August, 1998.

The boat's first owner, R.B. MacBride, sold Seven Bells in 1931 after just two years. The boat changed hands several more times before being purchased by the United States War Shipping Adminstration on July 11, 1942. As a federally-owned boat, Seven Bells likely spent the remainder of World War II as a patrol boat keeping an eye on San Francisco Bay and California coastal waters. The boat was returned to private hands after the end of the war, and then had at least six more owners through the 1990's. It was owned through the 1950s by Ernie Mills, whose daughter provided the photos below.

Original Bill of Sale




Length overall 43 ft. 0 in.
Beam 10 ft. 6 in.
Draft 3 ft. 0 in.
Length of forward stateroom and toilet 11 ft. 3 in.
Length of bridge cabin 8 ft. 2 in.
Length of galley 4 ft. 3 in.
Length of after cockpit 6 ft. 4 in.
Length of main cabin 8 ft. 3 in.


Engines Twin 4-cylinder inline Yanmar 56-horsepower diesels installed in 2011.
Radar/Charting Ratheon integrated LCD display
GPS Ratheon Raystar 112 GPS Sensor
Depth/Temp/Speed/General Data Display Ratheon Raydata Multi-function Display
Steering Hynautics Hydaulic Steering System, Morse Controls
Autopilot Autohelm ST 5000
Anchors 1 Bruce, 2 Danforth
Electrical system Inverter, 110V AC/12V DC
Radio Raytheon Ray 220 VHF


Topsides and bottom 1 1/8" Port Orford cedar carvel-planked
Decks Teak fore & side & cockpit
Floors 1 3/4" oak, 7" centers
Frames 1 3/4" x 1 1/2" white oak 7" centers
Deck Beams 1 1/2" 1 1/2" fir
Stern Varnished teak
Keel Fir
Superstructure Varnished teak
Interior Upholstery, carpet, teak fronts
Bulkheads Marine plywood bonded to hull
Fastenings Bronze screws
Stem Sided Oak
Rudder 2, steel
Masts Varnished wood


Seven Bells escaped destruction in massive marina fire at Seattle Marina,May 17, 2002.