Long-time tradition takes place on Coast Guard Cutter Cleat in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA - Lt. Jason Ulven, Chaplain at Sector Baltimore, baptizes Marin McCormack, daughter of Chief Petty Officer Eamon McCormack, Officer in Charge of the Coast Guard Cutter Cleat, homeported in Philadelphia, in the ship's bell aboard the cutter, June 3, 2011. After a child is baptized in a ship's bell, their name is engraved on the inside. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lindberg.

A long-time tradition of baptizing a child in the ship’s bell was put into effect Friday when Lt. Jason Ulven, Chaplain at Sector Baltimore, baptized the daughter of Chief Petty Officer Eamon McCormack, Officer in Charge of the Coast Guard Cutter Cleat, homeported in Philadelphia, aboard the cutter.

It is a custom to baptize a child with the ship’s bell used as a christening bowl filled with water for the ceremony. Once the baptism is completed, the child’s name may be inscribed inside the bell.

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