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North American Sundial Society

Bethesda  

Sundial 461
State/Province:  Maryland Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Condition:  Excellent
Latitude:   38° 59' N Longitude:   77° 06' W
Location:
  • A pair of dials flank the flagpole at the hospital side entrance.
 
Description:
  • A simple but elegant horizontal bronze dial approximately 18 inches in diameter. Design is a standard design used at U.S. Naval Hospitals. Has plain raised hour lines and half-hour lines with Arabic numerals. The dial tells time from 6 AM to 6 PM. The accompanying plaque reads, "Cast especially for the Naval Hospital at Brooklyn, New York. This bronze sundial stood on the grounds from 1924 until the hospital was disestablished in June 1948?" The dial is reclined by two degrees to accommodate the latitude of Bethesda, MD. The dial sets on a simple cylindrical pillar.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Bethesda Naval Medical Center
  • Inscribed, "non numero horas nisi serenas" and "United States Naval Hospital Brooklyn New York 1924"
  • Designer:
  • Builder:
  • Construction Date: 1924
 
References:
  • NASS Other Sundials of the Greater Washington Area, 1995
    c.f. Bethesda Naval Dials 461 and 462
    c.f. Bethesda Naval Dial 258