October 1917: The Campanile’s bells, which left England by cargo ship the previous year, arrive in San Francisco. Their journey during World War I had been delayed beginning in 1915 by the risk to British vessels of German submarine attacks. The 12 bells were slowed further in San Francisco by customs issues, but finally reach Berkeley in October 1917. They are raised by crane up the outside of the tower and swung into place, with a British bell-hanger from the foundry supervising the installation.
Comprising a chime, an instrument of fewer than 23 bells, the bells first are played by a student at a Nov. 3 Cal-Washington football game. West Berkeley factories with bells or whistles respond.