Treasure #68 Franklin Academy bell

Flagg bell

Flagg bell

Made in 1770 by Otto Bakker in Rotterdam, this bell was removed from a British merchant ship captured during the War of 1812. Captain William Flagg of Dover was a commissioned privateer and brought this trophy home to Dover in 1814 in a packet boat, ringing it all the way! It was hung at Franklin Academy, a private preparatory high school on Waldron Street, when the school opened in 1818. (Flagg was a trustee.) A public high school in Dover didn’t open until 1851. Franklin Academy closed in 1896 and the building was acquired by I.B. Williams who built a leather belting company and tannery on the site. It was given to the Museum in 1923.

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