Sailing ships were on a 24-hour schedule. A crew divided in three groups worked four-hour shifts, with a couple of two-hour dog-watches in between to break the schedule. Only in extreme conditions when Ďall handsí were called on deck, was it four hours on, eight hours off. A 30-minute hourglass placed next to the helmsman was turned each time the sand ran through. At the same time he rang the ships bell. One bell for the first glass, two for the second, up to eight for the last half hour of the watch,
the signal for a new shift to begin. A half hour on board was called "Glass".
The function of the hourglass before the introduction of the chronometer was to keep track of time, essential for calculating longitude. Sailing from Cape Town east to Australia you really didnít want to end up on the infamous reefs out there. Finding latitude was done with sextants and tables. To define longitude, as parallel to the equator, time had to be measured properly. This handsome, classic hourglass once ruled the schedule on a French Admiralís command vessel. A wonderful gift, an accessory with an
This handsome, classic hourglass once ruled the schedule on a French Admiralís command vessel.
A wonderful gift, an accessory with an interesting history.
hourglasses combine history, practicality and art
The hourglass is considered to be of European origin. Also called
hourglasses are believed to have been developed around the 8th century. An advancement over the
sundial and water clock, which
had their own disadvantages, hour-glasses were smaller than other devices for
keeping time and were the most dependable method of time-keeping for a number of
applications. Hourglasses were very popular on board ships, as they were
accurate and not easily affected by the motion of the ship, no matter how
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celebrate the passage of time with elegant antique reproduction clocks
There is something wondrous about clocks. From the earliest models, timepieces of even the most rudimentary design have had an elegance about them that defies logic. Their inner workings of springs and gears, the rhythmic tick-tock as they work seems to fascinate people of all ages and lifestyles all over the world. Some may argue that time is a man-made phenomenon; others believe that humans have always recognized the passage of time. While the concept of time in humankind is arguable, man has definitely constructed the items that move in rhythm to time's passage....
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