Officer’s son christened in cutter’s bell

KODIAK, Alaska - Lt. j.g. Kelly Hansen, holds her son Jackson Hansen Drew, while her husband Lt. Brian Drew, the executive officer of the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR, holds the cutter's bell that their son was christened in during a ceremony aboard the cutter Nov. 23, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally.

KODIAK, Alaska - Lt. j.g. Kelly Hansen, holds her son Jackson Hansen Drew, while her husband Lt. Brian Drew, the executive officer of the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR, holds the cutter's bell that their son was christened in during a ceremony aboard the cutter Nov. 23, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally.

By: Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally

The Coast Guard Cutter SPAR’s executive officer’s son was christened aboard the cutter upholding several hundred years of Naval tradition Wednesday.

Lt. Brian Drew and his wife, Lt. j.g. Kelly Hansen, with Coast Guard Sector Anchorage prevention division, proudly had their three-week-old son, Jackson Hansen Drew, christened in the cutter’s bell while family and friends attended the ceremony.

The ceremony of christening a baby in the ship’s bell began with British Royal Navy several hundred years ago. The christening of infants in the ship’s bell was traditionally conducted in a foreign port. After the baptism, the child’s name would be engraved inside the bell.

Baptisms with or consecrations in the presence of a ship’s bell were important centuries ago because the vessels were considered to be sovereign territory. Those ceremonies, conducted for babies born at sea or in foreign ports, usually granted citizenship to those infants.

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