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Sundial 181
State/Province:  Maryland Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Condition:  Excellent
Latitude:   38° 59' 6"N Longitude:   76° 30' 18" W
Location:
  • US Naval Academy, outside US Navy Hospital
 
Description:
  • 18" Bronze on stone Gnomon 10" long, 6.25" high 'United States Naval Hospital Annapolis MD' on dial face below 6AM/PM lines. Tells local apparent time. Has Arabic numerals, hour lines and shorter half-hour lines. Dial sits atop a circular stone pedestal with beveled capital.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: US Naval Academy
  • Lex Dei Vitae Viam Monstrat * Sed Umbra Horam Atque Fidem Docet (God's law shows the way, but the shadow teaches the hour and gives us faith.)
  • Designer:
  • Builder:
  • Construction Date: 1924
 
References:
  • Smithsonian, Aug. 1994, pp 10-13.
    McDowell, George. Ten Sundials in Maryland, #10

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