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A timely restororation

posted 23 Sep 2009, 17:02 by David Rintoul   [ updated 23 Sep 2009, 17:08 ]

A restoration  of one  of Edinburgh's most distinctive landmarks will be unveiled today.

The Nelson Monument's "time ball" was once the only reliable way of telling the time in the capital and helped ships' captains to set their watches accurately.

The ball and its supporting mast were removed in June for extensive repairs as part of a £250,000 project.

However, its mechanism broke after wear and tear over more than 150 years, which led to one of the wooden spires at the top of its mast breaking off.

The Nelson Monument, built to commemorate Admiral Lord Nelson's victory over the French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, is one of 12 projects being restored in the capital thanks to a joint initiative between Edinburgh World Heritage and the city council.

The time ball will be back operating daily again from today at 1pm.

Nelson Monument

Source: Evening News

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