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North American Sundial Society

Bethesda  

Sundial 462
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, "This sundial stood on the grounds of the Old Naval Hospital at Hospital Point Pearl Harbor, Hawaii during the Japanese attack of 7 December 1941. The dial is inclined to accommodate the latitude of Bethesda, MD. The dial sets on a simple cylindrical pillar.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Bethesda Naval Medical Center
  • Inscribed, " * My time is in the hands of God *" and " United States Naval Hospital Pearl Harbor Hawaiian Islands"
  • 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