09: Ringing the treble to Flying Dutchman

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We’re going to make a single alteration to Plain Hunt on 5 which makes it much easier to ring on the treble.

Instead of having the 5th make 5ths for the first change, we’re going to have the 3rd make 3rds. You don’t need to worry about the effect this has on bells 3, 4 and 5.

We end up with a variation called Flying Dutchman. Here’s a diagram:

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The great thing about Flying Dutchman is that the treble gets to follow bells 2, 3, 4 and 5 in order:

  • Follow the 2nd in 2nds place
  • Follow the 3rd in 3rds place
  • Follow the 4th in 4ths place
  • Follow the 5th in 5ths place
  • Follow the 2nd in 5ths place
  • Follow the 3rd in 4ths place
  • Follow the 4th in 3rds place
  • Follow the 5th in 2nds place
  • Lead
  • Lead
  • Start again!


Try it! Knowing that you follow 2,3,4,5 in that order leaves you free to concentrate on getting the feel of the three different speeds you need:

  • slow, for hunting up
  • normal for lying still or leading
  • fast for hunting down

Have fun! Your teacher will help you if you get a bit lost to begin with.

Once you can ring Flying Dutchman on the treble, you could try it on the 2nd. The diagram shows that the 2nd plain hunts too, starting by leading, then hunting up and down, the same as the treble. The ropesight’s a bit harder, but the order you pass the other bells in really isn’t that difficult. If you’d rather stick on the treble though, that’s fine. The next thing after Flying Dutchman will be to ring the treble to a plain course of Grandsire Doubles.

Flying Dutchman has the slight problem that it never comes back into rounds, but just keeps going for ever. If you want to know why it’s called Flying Dutchman, check this link out:

the legend of the Flying Dutchman