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Ottawa  

Sundial: 10
State/Province:  Ontario Country:  Canada
Dial Type:  Horizontal Dial Condition:  Fair
  Latitude and Longitude: 45° 25.558' N  75° 41.994 W
Location:
  • The Lt Colonel By memorial of the Royal Sappersand Miners who built the Rideau Canal is on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Dial is behind the Parliamentary Library on the edge of the hill
 
Description:
  • A bronze 12 inch diameter horizontal dial with hour lines from 4 AM to 8 PM and engraved Roman hour numerals and compass rose. This restoration was donated by Thomas Ritchie who remembered from his youth that the original dial was accidentally destroyed during the construction of the Parliament Library in 1872. The restored dial was unveiled May 19, 1921 by the Governor General, Sir Victor Cavendish, Duke of Devonshire.Dial sits atop light granite pillar approximately 18 inches diameter and 40 inches high.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: National Capital Commission
  • Inscribed, "On this spot a sundial was erected by the Royal Sappers and Miners under Lt Colonel John By about 1826-27. Restored 1919 by the Historical Landmarks Association of Canada. Presented by Thomas Ritchie, Bellville, Ont."
  • Designer: Lt. Colonel John By
  • Builder:
  • Construction Date: May 19, 1921; replaces original dial from 1827
 

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