VICKSBURG : USA - MS

*Location:

   St.Paul Catholic Church
   Walnut & Crawford Streets
   Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA
   LL: N 32.34914, W 90.88135
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*Player:

   (unknown)

*Contact:

   St.Paul Rectory
   *parcel:
     713 Crawford Street
     Vicksburg, MS  39180
   *postal:
     P.O. Box 646
     Vicksburg, MS  39180-0646
   T: (601)636-0140   F: (601)638-5021
   E: stpaulvick@att.net

*Schedule:

   (unknown)

*Remarks:

   Added semitone is flat 7th.
   Keyboard beside organ in choir loft.
   Bells survived tornado which severely
   damaged prior building in 1953.

*Technical data:

   Electric-keyboard chime of 10 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is F  in the middle octave
   Transposition is nil (concert pitch)
   Keyboard range:     F G   /    NONE  
   There is one added semitone
   The whole instrument was installed in 188?
     with bells made by McShane     
   Year of latest technical information source is 1992

*Links:

The home page of the church has a photo of the building and its belltower, but the bells are not mentioned.

A news article, republished from The Vicksburg Post of Sat.9 Nov.2013, indicates that the original ten bells of St.Paul Catholic Church, Vicksburg, MS, are not there any more, but gives no explanation of what the ten bells that are there now might be.  It reports that the bells had been dedicated some time in early March 1888, with great ceremony; each bore the McShane name, and 9 of them bore inscriptions with dedications from the parishioners who donated money to have them installed.  Possibly it is the apparent absence of those inscriptions that led to the conclusions that the original bells are not there.

Photo of the church

A photo (21KB) of the bell tower from the west

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the McShane bellfoundry.

Ranking among all North American chimes by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all North American chimes by weight (pitch).
Ranking among all North American chimes by year of completion.

Index to all tower bell instruments in MS.

*Status:

   This page was built from the database on  3-Sep-10
   based on textual data last updated on 2010/09/01
   and on technical data last updated on 2008/11/13


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