I read with interest the Sea Breezes March 2019 article on the Lutine which states that Lloyds indemnified the loss..
The loss of the Lutine or HMS Lutine that sank in 1799, brought to mind the expression “Hark the Lutine Bell”. I had probably come aware of the expression during service as an engineer with BI and P&O 1962-1976 and reading Lloyds List. I searched the internet to find the following: The ship’s bell (engraved “ST JEAN - 1779”) was recovered on 17 July 1858. The bell was found entangled in the chains originally running from the ship’s wheel to the rudder and was originally left in this state before being separated and re-hung from the rostrum of the Underwriting Room at Lloyd’s. It weighs 48 kilograms (106 lb) and is 46 centimetres (18 in) in diameter.
It remains a mystery why the name on the bell does not correspond with that of the ship. The bell was traditionally struck when news of an overdue ship arrived – once for the loss of a ship (ie bad news), and twice for her return (ie good news). The bell was sounded to ensure that all brokers and underwriters were made aware of the news simultaneously. The bell has developed a crack and the traditional practice of ringing news has ended. The last time it was rung to tell of a lost ship was in 1979 and the last time it was rung to herald the return of an overdue ship was in 1989. It tolls when a member of the Royal Family dies and was heard after the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. It is now rung for ceremonial purposes to commemorate disasters such as the 9/11 disaster, the Asian tsunami, and the London Bombings, and is always rung at the start and end of the two minutes silence on Armistice Day.
To supplement the above, my internet search only responded to the Lutine Bell, not “Hark the Lutine Bell”. My brother confirmed he also knew the expression. I recall the expression may have been a political cartoon, possibly in Punch. I seem to remember a cartoon with possibly Neptune saying, “Hark the Lutine Bell” as a ship (possibly with “Parliament” written on) was sinking in the background. Do any readers know the source of “Hark the Lutine Bell”?