Bell from HMS Varbel

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Bell from HMS Varbel

During World War II Bute was an important naval base. The Kyles Hydro became HMS Varbel, headquarters of the 12th submarine flotilla. The bell is mounted in a wooden frame and the shield at the base is inscribed 'HMS Varbel 12th Submarine Headquarters for those who manned HM Midget Submarines and Human Torpedoes.'

The bell has a second claim to fame, it was salvaged from the Politician, a ship later to find fame as the Cabinet Minister in Compton Mckenzie's book 'Whisky Galore'.

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