Why didn't the government take action after Sir Ralph the Rover cut the bell?i want to explain that why didn't the government take a action or built a light house after so many accidents had...

Why didn't the government take action after Sir Ralph the Rover cut the bell?

i want to explain that why didn't the government take a action or built a light house after so many accidents had happened.why didn't they took the action at the same time when sir ralph had cut the bell off the buoy.

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I believe that you are referring to an incident in the poem "The Inchcape Rock."

The original attempt by the Abbot to put a bell out there was done sometime in the 1300s.  Therefore, it would have been very hard for the government to have done anything about the rock.

The major reason for this is that they lacked the technology to build a lighthouse out in the middle of the ocean (12 miles off the coast) on a bit of rock that is underwater most of the day.  It was not until about 200 years ago that a lighthouse was built there.  It was such an amazing feat of engineering that the BBC designated it one of the seven wonders of the industrial world.

As for why they didn't put up another bell, I do not know.  I would speculate that it must have been very hard to do something that would be effective.  Also, governments in those days didn't have that much money and they didn't care that much about safety.  Back in those days, I doubt if there was enough commerce going in and out of the River Tay to make the government think it was worth it to do anything.