The Time Ball Tower

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Chokk Chokk
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A part of the history Jan 21, 2012
The former Time Ball Tower was declared monument by the Antiquities and Monuments Office in 1994, as proof of it historical significance to Hong Kong. The time ball imitates the performance and appearance of the original time ball established in 1885. The function of the time ball was to rise and drop at 1300 hours every day to allow the masters of ships to align their time-keepers.

Before 1907, the Ball Tower, also known as the Signal Tower, in the former Marine Police Headquarters was used to provide time signals to ships in Victoria Harbor 1. The existing time ball mounted on the pole above the domed roof of the Time Ball Tower is similar to time balls in Britain, New Zealand and Australia.

In 2009 the Time Ball Tower was renovated and had the Time Ball mechanism replaced. As the original time ball was removed without a trace several decades ago, they had to create a new design based on surviving time balls in other parts of the world.

Next to the Time Ball Tower was a typhoon mast where signals were raised manually during typhoons. The opening hours are from 10am - 10pm daily
The Time Ball Tower
The Time Ball Tower
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