Excellent article. I’m experiencing many of these issues as well..
I don’t know where you Americans get the idea that tidal clocks have only been in existence since 1971. In my 45 year career as an instrument maker I have restored a number of complicated antique clocks with tidal dials. In the church tower of Arnemuiden in the Netherlands there is a clock with tidal information. The clock was installed in 1589, restored and re-installed in 1858 and rebuilt to working condition in June 1957.
Ah Mr Nolf, We meet again! You are absolutely right! My blog post was misleading! There were tide clocks constructed earlier than 1973, and it sounds like you know a lot more about them than I do. I was thinking about availability of tide clocks from a mass production low cost point of view for the use of the consumer – similar to the ones we sell here at Weems & Plath. I would be interested to know if tide clocks were a commodity in Great Britain earlier than that. Do you know the story of their development? I would be very interested to know.
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