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Isles of Shoals  

Sundial 97
State/Province:  New Hampshire Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Armillary Condition:  Excellent
Latitude:   48°49' N Longitude:   70°37' W
Location:
  • Star Island near the town of Rye
 
Description:
  • Simple armillary dial about 2 feet in diameter sits on a triangular cut stone pedestal. The equatorial band has raised Arabic numbers at each hour. The hours are adjusted by 42 minutes to correct for zone time. The gnomon is an arrow rod of traditional fashion. The base supporting the armillary is a small hemisphere globe, with a map of the continents plainly visible. The armillary cuts the globe at the Greenwich hour line facing due north. The triangular granite stone pedestal was once part of the Captain John Smith Monument, commemorating him as the discoverer of the Isles of Shoals in 1610.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner:
  • Inscribed, "When we think of ocean waves
    Lapping the rocks around the shore of Star Island,
    And hear the call of the sea gull,
    And when we see the younger generations
    Seeking freedom, simplicity, and love,
    Then we will remember Bonnie."
    Dedicated to Bonnie McCallum, a young woman who had visited Star Island.
  • Designer: Albert W. Doolittle
  • Builder: Colonial Brass Co. Middleboro, MA
  • Construction Date: Aug-73