The two iconic towers of Clocktower Mall are reminders of this former naval garrison’s military past. With its 100-foot-tall towers and 3-foot-thick walls, this is the most eye-catching building in Royal Naval Dockyard. At first sight, most people think these are merely clocks — as the mall’s name suggests. However, these horologic structures had a more utilitarian purpose than just telling time. The southern tower is indeed a clock tower, with a clock face on all four sides. The northern tower, however — the bell tower — holds a tidal indicator. The common onlooker may think there is something wrong with this “one-handed clock,” but in fact it marked the high tide each day in order to assist ships as they navigated the treacherous reefs to deliver goods and munitions to the harbour. At some point, the main bell of the clock in the southern tower was moved to the northern tower and mounted in the open belfry, where it was sounded at the start and the end of each workday. It was also used as a fire alarm. Today these marvelous turrets guide local visitors and cruise passengers to an inviting shopping centre where they can discover their own unique goods to take back home.
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