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North American Sundial Society


Sundial: 174
State/Province:  Maryland Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Obelisk or Vertical Gnomon Condition:  Excellent
  Latitude and Longitude: 38° 59.000' N  76° 30.000' W
  • US Naval Academy Campus, near Michelson & Chauvenet Halls
  • 4'x4' Bronze & Brass 4' Dial plate is elaborately engraved bronze with hour and date lines. Self-orienting dial. Locate line for the date; rotate dial until shadow tip touches that line. Read time from intersection of the shadow's tip and the time line radiating from dial center. Gnomon is a model of a naval missile, resting on an anchor. A ship's binnacle supports rotating sundial plate.

    As of July, 2012 the missile gnomon is missing.
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: US Naval Academy
  • Detailed user instructions.
  • Designer: Robert S. Owendoff
  • Builder:
  • Construction Date: Jun-68
  • Smithsonian Magazine, Aug 1994, p.13

Last Revised: 2013-06-15 13:25

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