Lyttleton Time Ball Station

Hubby ventured up the hill to take photos of the Lyttleton Time Ball station, one of only 5 in working order in the world.

From 1876 to 1934, a ball dropped on its stone tower, signaling the time to ships in Lyttleton Harbor.

Skippy, a neighbor, used to visit the timeball every afternoon about 1:00 to watch (and hear) the ball drop.  https://www.facebook.com/LytteltonTimeball/

The black sphere is a Maori Pou. (Click here.)

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Heidi R. said...

An interesting, historical story.

Taken For Granted said...

What a unique time piece. Never have seen on like it before.

marina said...

great photos! I love that dog statue!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I’d never heard of a time ball …fascinating how it worked and neat that still is in working order, preserving what was an important part of maritime history. I love that they remembered Skippy who kept an eye on things (and ear) ! He was faithful to his self-appointed job!

suituapui said...

That's South Island, right? Around Christchurch, that part. I taught Geography in school, the Southern Continents included New Zealand.