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Ship's clock

Date: 1963 - 1982
Overall: 170 x 175 x 95 mm, 1.35 kg
Medium: Brass
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from TNT Limited
Classification:Tools and equipment
Object Name: Clock
Object No: 00001806
Place Manufactured:England

User Terms

    This clock comes from the MV MITTAGONG, an iron ore carrier owned by Bulkships Pty Ltd. The clock was manufactured in Great Britain by Samuel Smith & Son, was possibly repaired by Edwin Bowers and Sons in Sydney.
    SignificanceThis is an excellent representative example of a ship's clock from the iron ore carrier MV MITTAGONG.
    HistoryDuring the 18th century explorers were attempting to discover and map the world’s oceans and continents. In order to achieve this they needed instruments that accurately defined their location at any given time. The development of a mariner’s clock that pinpointed longitude and therefore a ship's relation to London, England was necessary.

    Following the successful work of the English clockmaker John Harrison in the late 18th century the chronometer became a standard navigational tool on all ships. It allowed mariners to maintain a reliable and accurate time system by determining longitude at sea. The chronometer was crucial to marine navigation until the invention of electronic tools in the 20th century.

    Samuel Smith & Son began in 1851 as a retail store at Newington Causeway, selling a variety of English and Swiss made clocks and watches. In 1934 the business acquired the Coventry based firm of H Williamson Ltd, and began to manufacture their own clocks and watches. The company went on to design and manufacture a variety of time keeping products, including watches, chronographs, speedometers, and marine clocks.

    During World War II, Samuel Smith & Son produced and range of watches and clocks patrioticaly named the 'Empire Range'. The company had carved out a dedicated home market of consumers who preferred to 'buy British'.

    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Clock from the MV MITTAGONG

    Web title: Ship's clock

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