Ship Clock at British Museum



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David Biggins from Cambridge, UK


c. 1585. Mechanical medieval galleon intended to announce banquets at court. The entertainment began with music from a miniature organ in the hull, drumming and a procession. Afterward the ship would travel across the table. When it stopped the front cannon would fire.

The figure on the throne is the Holy Roman Emperor. A procession of seven Electors (princes) pass before him during the music, preceded by three heralds. At the base of the main mast a small clock shows the time. Sailors in the crow's nest use hammers to strike hours and quarters.

By Hans Schlottheim, Augsburg, Germany.

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