Sunday, August 02, 2009
There is a water clock on the side of the watchmaker's shop on Lovatt Street West which employs a series of copper buckets to transfer water -- without spillage, mind -- from a tank in the roof to a small trough at the bottom where a series of rubber ducks bob in the constant flow. The mechanism is huge -- thirty feet high by twenty across -- and attracts a large crown in the summer. It chimes hourly with the clever use of steel balls and glockenspiels and only once, through mechanical failure, did someone get hurt when a steel ball bearing was propelled from a water powered catapult through the windshield of a car.
Oddly, the driver had just stolen a paperback from the honesty table outside Alexandrian Gold.
Image:History of Clocks and Watches