Time Balls

Visual time signals, generally including a ball that is mounted on a tall pole or rod set up on a tower or other prominent location and that is arranged to drop suddenly at a predetermined moment, such as noontime; used, for example, by ships at anchor.

Quick Facts

Go Historic ID
28867
Names
time balls
time ball
balls, time
time-balls
timeball towers
towers, timeball
tijdballen Dutch
tijdbal Dutch
globos horarios Spanish
globo horario Spanish
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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300257666. The J. Paul Getty Trust.