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This is the Nelson Monument, Edinburgh, sitting on the highest point of Edinburgh's Calton Hill at the east end of Princes Street and erected between 1807 and 1815 to commemorate Admiral Horatio Nelson's victory over the French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Nelson himself, of course, died in that battle, having been shot through the left side of his chest by a marksman from the French ship, Redoutable.

In 1853, to act as a time signal to the ships in Edinburgh's port of Leith and to ships at the anchorage in the Firth of Forth, a time ball was erected at the top of the tower, allowing the ships to set their chronometers. The ball was hoisted to the top of a pole and then, at exactly 1 o'clock each day, was dropped to coincide with the firing of a gun from the ramparts of nearby Edinburgh Castle. Although rendered inoperative by a storm in 2007, the ball and its mechanism were repaired and restored and the time ball now continues to work though nowadays it is worked manually rather than by means of an electric link which previously triggered it from the adjacent City Observatory.

You can just see the top of the time ball at the base of the tall pole on the top of the monument here. The monument is 32 metres (105 feet) high, and has 143 steps leading to a public viewing gallery - to which I climbed - and there are some wonderful views of Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth to be had from the top.

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ISO 100, f/13 at 1/200 sec., focal length 51mm.

This was taken during a wonderful one day meeting with four TE friends whom you can see in my workshop picture.

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